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#EndSARS Protesters Lock Down Benin City, Block All Roads

Following the crushing of four protesters on Saturday evening in Benin City, #EndSARS protesters this morning blocked all roads leading into and out of the city.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd reports that students have been sent back home, and those who could not get vehicles have been forced to stay at home.

Business men and workers were seen trekking to their various places of business.

The Junior Secondary School Examinations popularly known as Junior WAEC, slated to begin this morning has also been postponed and students told to go home.

More details to come.

CORRECTION: Abia State Govt approves N400ml bail-out fund for ABSU


The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the structuring of bail out funds in the sum of Four Hundred Million Naira (=400,000,000. 00) for Abia State University (ABSU).

This is in response to strong representations from the Management and Staff of the school, in the wake of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This bail out fund is expected to be applied by the University Management to meet basic financial obligations including but not limited to the payments of salaries of workers in the University.

According to a statement from
Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is mindful of the fact that the Abia State University has remained a strong model in resources management and maintenance of academic stability.

“The Governor notes, with pride that the University has, since the inception of his administration remained a signpost for excellence and service which has manifested in the consistent improvements in the rating of the University by independent assessment agencies in the country.

“The Governor notes further that the pandemic which took the entire globe by surprise has fundamentally altered the smooth academic environment in the University leading to obvious disequilibrum in their financial inflows.

“Governor Ikpeazu is of the firm belief that under the circumstances, the University is well deserving of this assistance from the State Government.

“Details of the structure of the bail out will be worked out between the officials of the State Government and the University Management Team.

“The Governor believes that this line of support, which is unprecedented in the history of the Institution will provide the needed impetus for the University to jump-start academic activities and continue to sustain her position in the nation’s academic environment.”

Breaking: See dates Abia State fixed for schools resumption, 3rd term exams

The Abia State Executive Council has approved the reopening of primary and secondary schools in Abia State for Monday September 28, 2020 to complete the third term of the 2019/2020 academic year. All primary and secondary schools are expected to start revision classes immediately and do so for one week.

The third term examination will start on Monday, October 5 and run till October 16, 2020, and it will be based on the topics covered in first and second terms of the 2019/2020 academic year as well as the Radio/TV Classroom Program studies.

After the third term examination, the pupils and students will go for a short break to allow the teachers mark and compute the promotional examination results.

Pupils and students in private schools will be expected to pay only 30% of third term school fees and 30% of the approved levies in public senior secondary schools.

Any school that charges any approved fees or levies beyond the 30% limit will be appropriately sanctioned. In this regard, all parents/guardians and their children/wards should insist on collecting a receipt for every money paid.

On Monday, October 26, 2020, the first term of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence. All pupils and students must return to school to commence academic activities for the term.

The first term of 2020/2021 academic session will run from October 26 to December 23, 2020, before a short break from December 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021.

From Monday, January 4, 2021, the first term will continue and end on January 21, 2021. All students will pay the normal full school fees and levies for the first term.

The second term of 2020/2021 academic session will commence on Monday, February 1, 2021 and run for 12 weeks ending on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Third term for the 2020/2021 academic session will start on May 10, 2021 and end on August 5, 2021.

The education loving Governor of this State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, and the State Executive Council, approved the above arrangements to make sure that Abia school children do not miss anything in their academic activities. We want to assure every one that these measures, hard and tight as they may appear, are put in place to keep our educational system running effectively.

All Creche, Nursery and Kindergarten Schools will however remain closed for now till Government considers it safe for them to resume.

COVID 19 PROTOCOLS

To make sure that the COVID-19 spread is curtailed and put in check, all the protocols already in place in our schools will continue to be observed.

Every Headteacher and Principal must ensure that the COVID-19 guidelines established when the exit classes returned to school are strictly maintained.

For example:

1. The use of thermometers to check the temperature at the gate everyday will continue.

2. Regular washing of hands with soap and water at the established hand washing stations will continue and more stations should be created where needed.

3. The use of hand sanitizers by staff and pupils/students will continue.

4. All administrators, teachers, students and visitors to all our schools must wear face masks.

5. No long breaks for now. We will continue to have supervised short breaks in the classes.

6. No games/sports activities, organized or not, will be allowed in our schools for now.

7. We will continue to maintain social and physical distancing of at least 2m in our classes.

8. No general morning assemblies will be held in our schools. Teachers should conduct morning prayers before the first period everyday.

9. All schools must take advantage of the COVID-19 lectures they have received to constantly teach and remind pupils and students that protection from the infection is a personal responsibility that no one should neglect at any time.

10. All Schools must run from 8.00am to 1.40pm daily only. No afternoon or evening lessons of any sort should be arranged. Pupils and students must be allowed to go home after 1.40pm everyday.

11. The sick bays and isolation centers already created in our schools must be maintained. Report all suspected cases promptly by calling 07002242362.

REMEMBER, YOU NEED TO STAY HEALTHY AND ALIVE TO HAVE A GOOD TOMORROW.

STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL! ALWAYS BE COVID 19 CONSCIOUS!!

Assoc. Prof Kanelechi CK Nwangwa
Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Education.
September 25, 2020.

Edo schools to resume 1st term Sept 28, while Enugu resume 3rd term same date

The Edo State Government has approved Monday, September 28 for the resumption of primary and secondary schools for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The state Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, made the disclosure on Tuesday in Benin City, the state capital.

He said to observe social distancing safety protocol in the classrooms, secondary schools would operate with JSS 1-3 from 8 am and 11 am while SSS 1-3 would receive classes from 12 noon to 3 pm.

Ijegbai further said that parents and guardians were expected to provide face masks for their children and wards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

He said, “Schools’ heads and proprietors are to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocol guidelines.“They must collect copies of the 2020/21 academic calendar from the office of the Chief Inspectors of Education in the 18 local government areas of Edo State.”

Ijegbai also said that the sale of forms for examinations into the six model schools in the state was still on, while the entrance examination had been moved from September 26 to October 3.

In a related development, the Enugu State Government has announced the phased re-opening of all primary and secondary schools in the state, for 3rd term academic activities, on Monday, September 28, 2020.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, the decision was reached “following the Enugu State Education sector stakeholders’ consensus and gracious approval of His Excellency the Governor”.

Prof. Eze pointed out that “it is important to note that necessary measures have been put in place in our schools for safe re-opening”.

He added that “teachers/students/pupils are therefore requested to ensure that they abide by the approved guidelines on COVID-19”, stressing that “no person will be allowed into any school without appropriate facemask/shield”.

According to the commissioner, “strong monitoring teams at state and Local Government Areas have been constituted to monitor compliance with the approved guidelines for the safety of all that operate in our schools”.

He therefore noted that “Primary six and Junior Secondary three students have completed their examinations and are not expected to be back to school”.

Obaseki approves resumption of primary, secondary schools in Edo State

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has approved resumption of primary and secondary schools for the 2020/2021 academic session on Monday, September 28, 2020 across the state.

In a statement, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr.) Jimoh Ijegbai, said the Governor of Edo State has graciously approved the resumption of Primary and Secondary Schools in Edo State for the 2020/21 academic session on Monday September 28th, 2020.

He said in order to observe the social/physical distancing safety protocol in the classrooms, secondary schools are to operate according to the following schedule: JSS 1-3 between 8am -11am, while SSS 1-3 will be between 12pm-3pm.

Ijegbai said parents and guardians are expected to provide face masks for their children and wards in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adding, “School Heads and Proprietors are to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocol guidelines and collect copies of the 2020/21 academic calendar from the office of the Chief Inspectors of Education in the 18 Local Government Areas.”

He added that sale of forms for examination into the six model schools is still on, while the entrance examination has been moved from September 26th to October 3rd 2020.

See The States In Nigeria Have Announced School Resumption Dates; Check If Yours Is There

Some months ago, the Federal Government of Nigeria shutdown schools ranging from nursery to tertiary institution, in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly disease called Covid-19.

However, following the decreasing rates of infection of the corona virus in the country, the federal government of Nigeria announced that all schools across the country can now resume academic activities in phases.

Following the announcement made by the Federal Government of Nigeria, some states across the country have announced resumption dates for tertiary institutions.

The following are 13 states out of the 36 states in the country that has announced resumption dates:

Akwa Ibom State: The Akwa Ibom State government has announced September 21st 2020 as the official resumption dates for tertiary institution across the state.

Benue State: Benue State government has also announced September 21st 2020 as the official resumption dates for tertiary institution.

Borno State: Borno State announced some weeks ago that tertiary schools in the state will be resuming academic activities on September 14th 2020.

See the picture below for the full list of states that has announced resumption dates for tertiary institution.

Note: Kogi State University is already in session, and schools under ASUU will not be allowed to resume academic activities with the resumption dates listed above.

Tansian University gets new Pro-Chancellor, Council members

The Management of Tansian University, Umunya (TAU) has appointed a new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council.

He is Prof Nduka Uraih. The inauguration of the Governing Council of the University was conducted by the Founder and Honourable Chancellor of the University, Very Rev. Msgr Prof John Bosco Akam, a ceremony which took place on Tuesday 15th September 2020 at the University Council Chamber in Ununya, Anambra State.

Other people also appointed with the new Pro-Chancellor include the following: Chief Dr. Victor Oye; Hon. Carter Dike Nnamdi Umeh; Hon. Chief Chukwuma Puis Okoye; Chief Sir J.J. Ezeokafor; Chief Ugochukwu Chibuzor; Rt. Hon. Chief Chinedu Obidigwe; Prof Stella Chinyere Okunna; Rev. Emmanuel Ezugwu; Sir Lawrence Edeh; Hon. Somtoo Udeze; Dr. Engr. Chris Chukwurah, Hon Bob Tough; Hon Chief Tony Nworah; Chief Felix Akosa and Barr. Nonso Isiugo Arinze.

Other members are, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. E.U. Nwadialor; The Acting Registrar, Rev. Dan Igwilo; Bursar, Valentine and the University Librarian.

Inaugurating the Governing Council, Msgr Prof. Akam who is also the Chairman of Board of Trustees welcomed the new council members and highlighted that, “this team of men and women with a combined wealth of knowledge and expertise in corporate governance, fundraising, financial oversight, and the development of the creative industries I look forward to their advice as we work towards growing TAU to be a catalyst in unlocking the potential of the University in the country.”

Msgr. Prof. Akam said since the inception of the University 2007, TAU has introduced a strategic shift, which saw it beaming with success in all academic spheres, while also championing the recognition of the role of private universities creativity and stimulating economic growth in the country.

“To strengthen these giant strides and help in repositioning the University to take a centre stage in driving the growth of the quality education in Nigeria, I have appointed a new council as a governance structure that will drive a growth strategy and provide oversight to the Tansian entity”.

“We are thankful to all those, who were nominated for accepting nomination. While they may have not been selected today, we will always appreciate their contribution in many other platforms which are to be created by the department.

“It is my considered desire that this august body will chart and evolve a road map towards re‐invigoration of the vision and mission of Tansian University,” the Founder concluded.

Receiving the new council, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eugene Nwadialor, expressed joy for what he described as “a formidable team that in their very first council meeting, displayed strong principles of ethics, integrity and accountability, as well as demonstrated commitment to reengineering the University into greater heights.”

“The entire University is very elated for their support and decisiveness, and trust that they will add value to the work that we have already started. Now watch the space,” he said.

In his inaugural address, the Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Nduka Uraih, said the appointment of the new members serves to strengthen the University.

According to him, “when I look at the background, pedigree and caliber of all the members in this new Governing Council, there is no scintilla of doubt that these are accomplished and successful men and women in their different professions. Consequently, I am sure that our experiences from our different backgrounds will no doubt avail the Council of a rich, mosaic, variegated and quality opinions and counsel in the conduct of Council affairs.”

The Council has hit the ground running and held its first meeting on Tuesday, 15 September 2020.

Coal City University, (CCU) Enugu inducts 50 internationally-acclaimed scholars into its Visiting Fellowship Programme

Coal City University, Enugu on Monday, 7th September 202 inducted over 50 internationally acclaimed scholars and fellows in its Visiting Fellowship Programme.

According to the university, the inducted 50 world class scholars would be in the services of the university for the 2020-2022 academic sessions.

It is expected that these scholars will in the coming months and years, work together with their colleagues in Coal City University (CCU)in join research projects and collaborative teaching of courses.

The induction exercise was held online via Google Meet, at 1 pm.

Keynote Speaker at the programme was Professor Osita Ogbu, former Minister of National Planning, while the Chief Host was Professor Afam Icha-Ituma, the university’s Vice Chancellor.

Theme of the programme was Engaging African Academic Diaspora in Buildimg a Model University in Nigeria.

Speaking at the programme, the VC, Professor Icha-Ituma stated that the CCU is open to academics at other institutions wishing to contribute to academic activities in CCU.

He further said “This is an exciting opportunity for academics with significant international experience to contribute to building a world class university in Nigeria. The programme particularly provides opportunity for Nigerians in the diaspora or scholars with an established or emerging international reputation to spend one to twelve months in the University.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to shaping our future and building a world class university in Africa. A visiting fellow whose application is successful will be granted affiliation to one of the departments of the University during his/her time at Coal City University.”

Delta State Higher Institutions to Resume September

The Delta State Government is set to order the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state, Jungle Journalist Media Ltd has learnt.

The state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, had met with stakeholders including COVID-19 management team where they agreed to reopen schools.

According to reports, September 21, 2020, had been tentatively agreed as resumption date for the new academic session for tertiary institutions.

This is coming five months after the state government ordered closure of schools including universities and polytechnic to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

Delta is currently on eight position on the Nigeria’s COVID-19 chart with 1,744 confirmed infections.

Of the number, the state has managed and discharged 1,540 patients with 157 currently undergoing treatment.

However, 47 fatalities have so far been recorded.

Lagos, the epicenter of coronavirus in the country, has ordered tertiary institutions to resume academic activities on September 14 while primary and secondary schools are to reopen on September 21.

Sources within the government confirmed the decision for reopening of tertiary institution to our correspondent.

Our sources, however, said the agreed date remains tentative as it was still subject to change.

“We have agreed to reopen before September end. So far, we have agreed ‘tentatively’ on September 21. I can assure you that our schools will reopen in Delta State next month. Governor Okowa will announce it when all arrangements are completed”, a top government official disclosed.

A commissioner who did not want his name in print confirmed the development to our correspondent.

The commissioner said, “I can’t give you the exact date but our schools are resuming in September. All arrangements and modalities in line with the new conditions caused by COVID-19 area being addressed. His Excellency, Governor Okowa will announce the resumption date this week.”

When contacted on the development, the State Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, confirmed that there are plans to reopen tertiary institutions in the state.

Muoboghare, who however did not reveal the actual date for reopening of schools, disclosed that schools will resume in September.

“I can’t give you details but we are resuming very soon. Upon resumption, the NCDC protocols will be strictly applied. We have the capability to resume. Arrangement will soon be announced. The NCDC will be applied to students, staff and visitors.

“In September, there will be positive movement towards reopening of tertiary institutions”, the commissioner added.

Niger Delta Today

BREAKING NEWS: Lagos Govt fixes date for schools’ resumption

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed all tertiary institutions in Lagos to reopen on September 24, 2020.

Primary & Secondary schools in Lagos to resume Sept 21. The date is tentative, says the Governor.

More details later.