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Tension in Benue State University over coronavirus

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As the number of coronavirus rises in Benue, tension has heightened following the failure of the state government to further disclose the identity of the victims.

It will be recalled that the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had all along revealed the identity of people earlier tested positive to the virus, this he hinged on the appropriate way to stem the spread of the virus.

Since the figure continues to climb, the governor had stopped to disclose the identity of the victims.

This has heightened tension, particularly, that the authority of Benue State University decontaminated the school yesterday.

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The decontamination of the school was allegedly hinged on the report that some management staff of the University already tested positive to COVID-19.

A member of the State Committee on COVID-19 who did not want his name mentioned revealed that top management staff of the State University tested positive to coronavirus.

Reacting to the allegation, head of the Information unit of the University, Terzungwe Tservanger dismissed the report, saying that the decontamination of the entire school was in preparation for the resumption of students.

“There is nothing like the VC or any other top management staff of the University tested positive to coronavirus, decontamination of the school was in preparation for the resumption of students,” Tservanger said.

When contacted, the secretary of the State Action Committee on COVID-19 and Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Sunday Ongbabo, declined comment on the issue, stating that given the identity of people who tested positive to COVID-19 in the state noo would further heighten tension.

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Dr. Ongbabo, however, said that the state had recorded 65 cases as at Monday, June 30, 2020, and enjoined people of the state to be more serious by adhering to all the precautionary measures of social distancing, hand washing, use of face masks among others to stay safe.

He urged everyone to see the next person as a suspect stressing that people should shun the idea of seeing the virus as a fluke.

“This is not the time to be releasing the identity of those tested positive to the disease because it will further heighten tension in the state.

“As on Monday, the state had recorded 65 cases. Of the number, 44 have been treated and discharged,” Ongbabo said.

 

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School Resumption: Cross River is equal to the task, Official says

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 Mr. Castro Ezama, the Special Adviser to Gov. Ben Ayade on Education, says Cross River is equal to the task as it concerns the Federal Government’s guidelines on school resumption.

Ezama expressed the readiness of the state to implement the guidelines, in an interview with the Newsmen on Tuesday in Calabar.

The federal government recently released new guidelines for the resumption of schools.

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The guidelines include that schools must implement safe distancing measures that minimize and isolate risks and ensure fumigation and disinfection of schools, before resumption.

The special adviser said that the state government meant well for the children of the state in both public and private schools.

“If the federal government has come up with such guidelines, you can trust that Cross River that is usually ahead on such matters will be equal to the task.

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“We are in top gear but will just follow the directive of the federal government.

“However, next week, there will be a formal statement from the state Ministry of Education on what it is doing concerning the resumption,” he said.

NAN recalled that the state had on June 16 deferred its earlier planned resumption of academic activities by West African Peoples Institute, Calabar; Government Secondary School, Ikom; and Government Secondary School, Igoli, Ogoja.

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Yam grows out of UNICAL hostel while on lockdown (Photos)

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Due to the lockdown which affected Institutions and other economic parastatals, some students who may have thought it would be called off soon left foodstuff in their hostels, some of which include yam tubers.

So some students left some tubers of yam in their hostel room while leaving the place in accordance with federal government directive on school closure.

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Over time, due to prolonged closure of the school, the yams, however, have germinated with stems grown covering everywhere from the bed to the window.

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Cancellation of WASSCE will truncate future of Nigerian children – Reps

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The House of Representatives on Friday said the cancellation of the West African Senior Secondary School Examinations [WASSCE] will truncate the future of Nigerian children.

WuzupNigeria reports that the examination, administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and held yearly in May, was postponed indefinitely in April after schools were shut down across the country in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced during a media briefing on July 6 that the examination will now take place between August 4 and September 5.

But the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Wednesday 8 July 2020 at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled examination, saying he would prefer that “Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers” of COVID-19.

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He added that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cannot determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria.

But the Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education, Prof Julius Ihonbvare, who made the position of the House known in a statement in Abuja said the announcement by the minister was done without due consultation with relevant stakeholders in the education sector.

He said the Education Minister did not inform the country if his decision was in agreement with other West African leaders or in consultation with the examination bodies, the state governments and other stakeholders in the education sector.

He said:

“The minister also did not also inform the public, if the decision was the outcome of a meeting with all state governments that are in charge of all, but the unity secondary schools that are owned by the federal government.

“The Minister of State, in his usually consultative and participatory approach, had briefed the nation at the COVID 19 Presidential Committee briefing over the airwaves and in an appearance before the House Committee on Basic Education where he assured Nigerians that all steps had or were being taken to ensure full compliance with all COVID 19 protocols.

“This sudden policy reversal is not good for the country. It is bound to create further confusion in the education sector, create disappointment and suspicion among parents, frustrate the students and show to our development partners and Nigerians that the distortions and disarticulations in the sector are only getting worse.

“The reversal also shows that our policymakers may just be adopting a laid-back approach to the need to confront the novel coronavirus rather than taking proactive and creative steps to manage and contain it.

“The House Committee disagrees with the minister and believes that a reconsideration is urgently needed to save our educational system on the following grounds that Nigeria is not the only country expected to write the examination in the midst of Covid-19.

“Nigeria should insist that the examination be based exclusively on the already covered syllabus of schools; the Federal Ministry should not chicken out of its responsibilities but take charge, provide policy direction, engage the states and other stakeholders, while the WAEC should quadruple its invigilators and use all classrooms and event centres to conduct the examination and comply with Covid-19 protocols.”

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