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Abia Govt to support private institutions as College of Medicine, Gregory Varsity is set for accreditation

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has reassured the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria that his administration will continue to create an enabling environment for the operation of private universities and all institutions of learning in the State to operate optimally.

Governor Ikpeazu who gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria led by their Registrar, Dr T. A. B. Sanusi at Government House, Umuahia, who are in the State for the accreditation of the Gregory University Uturu College of Medicine. The Governor noted that health and education remain two cardinal policies of his administration because of their importance in the socioeconomic development of states and nations.

Governor Ikpeazu represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude OKo Chukwu stressed that the Gregory University Uturu College of Medicine if accredited by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria will go a long way in giving so many students desiring to study Medicine but could not as a result of limited admission quota the opportunity to study their dream course as Abia State University Uturu remains the only University that offers Medicine as a course in the entire State.

The State Chief Executive reaffirmed that Government will continue to partner the Gregory University Uturu in providing all that is needed for a College of Medicine to be accredited and lauded the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria for ensuring that accredited Colleges of Medicine in the country measure up to standard and produce competent medical doctors trained to save life in accordance with the ethics of their profession.

Governor Ikpeazu used the occasion to stress that Abia still remains one of the safest states for investors and business entrepises and commended the Gregory University Uturu for collaborating with Government in uplifting the standard of education, health and the general development of the State.

Earlier in his speech, the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr T. A. B. Sanusi said that they were in the State for their accreditation visit to the Gregory University Uturu, College of Medicine to determine whether they are qualified to be a Medical College in line with accepted standard and lauded the education and health friendly Governor Ikpeazu of Abia State for creating an enabling environment for the private university and other private institutions in the State to thrive, adding that the accreditation of Gregory University Uturu, College of Medicine will widen admission quota of those willing to study medicine in the State and beyond.

COVID-19 2ND WAVE: UNILORIN begins online lectures, as ASUU insists on alternative learning techniques

The University of Ilorin has commenced online lectures for students of the institution.

Kunle Akogun, Director of Corporate Affairs of the institution, announced this in a statement in Ilorin on Monday.

The statement urged students to disregard the information going viral on social media that the arrangement had been put off.

“Management wishes to assure all our students that we are fully committed to covering all lost grounds as a result of the long break occasioned by the Covid-19.

“All necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure hitch free online classes pending the time when it will be safe to conduct normal physical lectures,” he stated.

Recall that the institution announced recently that academic activities will commence via virtual learning on January 11, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Tuesday, insisted that Nigerian universities in the country are not ready to re-open at the moment.

The Union said it finds it difficult to return to classes in the middle of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recall that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had earlier directed the lecturers to go back to classes on January 18, 2021.

But ASUU is demanding that the Nigerian Government should review the decision owing to the increase in COVID-19 cases around the country.

“Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members,” ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, told Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

“What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the Universities can cope,” he said.

When asked if e-learning was an option for universities, the ASUU President said the necessary infrastructure was not in place.

“We are aware that some universities are putting measures in place, with alternative learning models,” he said, adding “some are even trying blended classes, virtual and physical.

“But these efforts are limited. They get to a point they can’t go further.

“ASUU has been talking about revitalisation since 2012. These are some of the areas where the assistance would have helped. Universities need huge funds to do this.

“People are saying start virtual classes, but more than 60 percent of our students will run into trouble – they can’t afford data or smartphones.”

ASUU had on Wednesday December 23, 2020 called off its ten-month-old industrial action.

The prolonged strike was due to Federal Government’s delay in meeting the agreements reached with the union.

PHOTOS: Barr. Ebizi Eradiri, 1st class Law Graduate is the New Face of Bayelsa Girl, says Gov Diri

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has honoured the young lady who graduated with First Class Honours at both Niger Delta University, Amassoma and the Nigerian Law School, Miss. Ebizi Blessing Eradiri.

She has been awarded academic scholarships for her Masters and Ph.D in any University in the world as well as automatic employment as lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Niger Delta University.

Gov. Diri, who received her in his office in Yenagoa in company of the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo and other top government functionaries, also announced her as the “New Face of Bayelsa Girl”.

His Royal Majesty, King Bubaraye Dakolo, King of Ekpetiama Clan, led the team from the Kingdom and Eradiri’s family to the Government House for the reception.

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Schools may not resume January 18 due to Covid-19, says FG

The Federal Government has said that it is currently reviewing the January 18, 2021 resumption date for schools across the country due to the spike in Covid-19 cases.

It said that the date was not sacrosanct, hence the likely announcement of a new date, depending on the country’s Covid-19 indicator.

This disclosure was made by the Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, at the resumed briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 in Abuja on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Adamu, in his statement, said, “When we decided on that date, it was just a target toward what we are working on. Of course, we are keeping it in view and looking at what is happening in the society and then it is supposed to be subject to constant review.

“Even today at the PTF meeting, we looked at the rising figures and thought we should probably take another look at it. On the Jan.18, 2021 date for school’s resumption, we are reviewing it,” he said.

The Minister also added that the issue was considered at the PTF meeting held on Monday, and the ministry would take it up on Tuesday.

Recall that the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, in December 2020, directed that schools across the country should remain closed until January 18, 2021, due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

The Director-General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, had warned that a significant rise in Covid-19 infections appeared imminent by January 2021 due to continued violations of safety protocols, especially during the Christmas period.

Delta State announces sale of forms into School of Nursing and Midwifery

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans, that the Delta State Common Entrance Examination Committee (Nursing and Midwifery), has commenced the sales of forms and process of Entrance Examination into the following available programmes in the various State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery.

i. POST BASIC NURSING PROGRAMME for the award of Registered Nurse (R.N.)

· Schools – State Schools of Nursing Agbor, Eku and Warri

· Duration – 18 months

· Entry Qualification-Registered Midwives (R.M.)

· Application Form- Forms are obtainable in all the State Schools of Nursing. Application with enclosed receipt of payment and 2 passport photographs (coloured with white background) must be routed through the Principal of the school of applicant’s choice.

· Entrance Examination Date and Venue – Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021; Time: 10am prompt; Venue: State School of Midwifery, Asaba

ii. BASIC MIDWIFERY PROGRAMME for the award of Registered Midwifery (R.M.) Certificate

• Schools – State Schools of Midwifery, Asaba and Sapele

• Duration- 3 years

• Entry Qualification– Applicants must be between 17 and 25 years of age and must have five credits at SSCE/WASC O/L. NECO in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry at not more than two sittings

• Application Form- Forms are obtainable in all the State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery. Application with enclosed receipt of payment and 2 passport photographs (coloured with white background) must be routed through the Principal of the school of applicant’s choice

• Entrance Examination Date and Venue – Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021; Time: 10am prompt; Venue: State School of Midwifery, Asaba

iii. BASIC NURSING PROGRAMME for the award of Registered Nurse (R.N.) Certificate

• Schools – State Schools of Nursing Agbor, Eku and Warri

• Duration –3 years

• Entry Qualification– Applicants must be between 17 and 25 years of age and must have five credits at SSCE/WASC O/L. NECO in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry at not more than two sittings

• Application Form- Forms are obtainable in all the State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery. Application with enclosed receipt of payment and 2 passport photographs (coloured with white background) must be routed through the Principal of the school of applicant’s choice

• Entrance Examination Date and Venue – Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021; Time: 10am prompt; Venue: Federal College of Education (Technical), off Ibusa Road, Asaba.

. Candidates should endeavor to bring along with them writing materials and photocopy of their filled forms.

Due to the activities of scammers/fraudsters on the prowl, applicants should please note that forms are not sold or filled online but through a non-refundable fee of N10, 000.00 (ten thousand naira) only, payable to:

Account Name: Ministry of Health, Department of Nursing and Midwifery; Account

Number: 1015649624,

Bank: Zenith Bank.

Accordingly, interested candidates are by this announcement advised to obtain their forms and submit same as directed above.

Theresa Adiabua Oliko,

State Director of Information

WAEC says January 29 is  deadline for WASSCE registration

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC Nigeria, has pegged the deadline for the registration of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, for private candidates, 2021-First Series on 29th January, 2021.

This was disclosed over the weekend by the WAEC Head of Public Affairs, Mr. Demianus Ojijeogu, who confirmed that the report from its Zonal WAEC office, Benin City, Edo State was true.

Mr. Ojijeogu, who explained that this information applies to Nigerians, who want to sit for WASSCE this year, noted that the pin can be gotten from any WAEC office nearest to them.

Enugu asks schools to activate online platform ahead of Jan 18th reopening date

Raphael Ede, Enugu

The Enugu State Government has asked management of various schools in the state to engage the students/pupils in all tertiary institutions with a view to activate their e-learning programmes.

This coming as the state announced January 18, 2021 as resumption date for all schools in the state.

A statement by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze, said the decision was reached at a meeting between the Ministry of Education and major stakeholders in the sector on Monday.

Eze disclosed that all schools in the state were advised to ensure full compliance with the guidelines for the containment of COVID-19.

He said, “The Ministry of Education will engage in constant monitoring of compliance when schools resume.

“It was also decided that to help engage the students/pupils, all tertiary institutions, Basic and Post Basic schools are advised to activate their e-learning programmes.”

Meanwhile, the state government suspended the annual New Year prayer session at the Government House to contain the second wave of COVID-19 in the state.

A media statement from Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, however directed all civil servants to resume duties in their various offices, with strict compliance with NCDC guidelines.

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Delta primary, secondary schools to resume January 18th,says Patrick Ukah

The Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education has announced January 18th as the Second Term resumption date for all public and private primary and secondary schools in the state.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, in a statement in Asaba stated that resumption of public and private primary and secondary schools earlier scheduled for January 11 has changed .

Mr Ukah urged parents and guardians to adhere to the new dates by preparing the pupils and students for school as resumption tests will take place on January 20th 2021.

Alleged molestation: Police arraign officials of Deeper Life High School

Some officials of the Deeper Life High School in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital have been arraigned for their alleged role in the sexual molestation and forced starvation of an 11-year-old student of the school.

The police are arraigning the suspects following their investigation of the petition by the mother of the student, Mrs Deborah Okezie, against the school principal, Ndidi Solomon, and three others.

In her petition, Mrs Okezie had alleged that her son, a JSS 1 student of the school, was sexually molested, inhumanly treated, and starved in the school.

She had raised an alarm in a viral social media video claiming that the abuse was perpetrated by some senior students of the school, sparking outrage and investigation by the police.

The school authorities also last week also vowed to ensure justice is done on the matter. The school’s Education Secretary, Mrs Thelma Malaka in a video stated that the school would not cover up the issue but ensure justice was served.

“We would like to restate that Deeper Life High School stands on the core values of integrity and uprightness and will not attempt to cover up any immoral act under any guise,” Malaka said in the video.

Meanwhile, journalists have been barred from covering the proceedings at a High Court in Uyo.

CHS Igbodo Old Students Association Donates 300 Desks To Alma Mater

Comprehensive High School, Igbodo in Ika North East Local Government Area, has taken delivery of sets of school chairs and desks from the Old Student’s Association of the School.

The furniture, numbering 300, were part of the four hundred and fifty sets of chairs and tables proposed for the school by the Comprehensive High School Old Student’s Association, CHISOSA.

A member of the Board of Trustees and Lecturer, University of Lagos, Dr. Dumebi Ideh, said the association had embarked on fact finding visits to the school where it was observed that there was an urgent need for student’s desks and chairs in the school.

Dr Ideh who is of the 1985 graduating set, expressed optimism that the donated furniture will enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the institution.

“This project was necessitated following the decay of infrastructure due to poor government funding. The assessment carried out by the old students some months ago saw the enumeration of problem areas leading to the intervention towards rehabilitation of some of the dilapidated structures by the old students. In order of priority, the school management requested our urgent intervention in the provision of chairs and tables”.

“As we officially present these chairs and tables today, we use this opportunity to request the Delta State Government to continue to support the development of rural public schools for the benefit of the people that live within the locality.

“What we are celebrating today is unity of purpose and friendship. We therefore call on other Old Students that are yet to join the association to rise up to the occasion by joining us and contributing to the development of our Alma mater”, Dr Ideh said.

Continuing, the BOT member stated “We will continue to do more to address issues that need our attention in the School as we are very proud of our School and will do everything humanly possible to halt the infrastructural decay in the School and uplift the standard of learning in the institution. We encourage the students to take their studies more seriously, and remain focused as education is life and it is the main road to achieving your full potentials in life.

“As we thank God for this success, it is equally important to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Chairman and members of the project committee for a job well done and for delivering the project within the agreed timelines”.

A former Head Girl of the school, now Senior Lecturer, College of Education, Agbor, Mrs. Augustina Ebenuwa, while handing over the furniture, acknowledged the commitment of members of CHISOSA towards restoring the lost glory of Comprehensive High School, Igbodo.

Mrs Ebenuwa explained that the school was known for its standard and academic prowess, maintaining that it was a spring board that saw many old students excelling in the various human endeavors they found themselves after leaving the College.

Another proud product of the school who was a Class Prefect from classes One to Five, and Member Project Committee of the Association, Mr Martins Okocha, commended members for painstakingly putting resources together to procure the donated school furniture.

Mr Okocha who currently is an employee with a multinational oil firm, stressed the need for the students to make good use of the Furniture and guard them against vandalism.

The Chief Inspector of Education, Ika North East Local Government Area, Mrs Juliet Sorokwu who was the Special Guest of Honor at the ceremony,
commended the Comprehensive High School, Igbodo Old Student’s Association, CHISOSA, for coming to the aide of its alma mata.

She paid glowing tributes to individuals and bodies that had assisted in upgrading the infrastructures in schools across the state, explaining that government can not do it alone, hence the constant appeal for the intervention of critical stakeholders, including Old Students’ Associations in improving standards in the institutions.

Mrs Sorokwu assured the old students that the commissioner for secondary and basic education in no time will send a letter of gratitude to the old students for partnering with government in developing the educational sector.

The Principal of Comprehensive High School, Igbodo, Mr Matthias Okolie, commended the quality of the furniture, and assured of their judicious use, even as he appealed for more support from the Old Students’ body to their alma mata.

The Chairman, Parents-Teachers Association of the College, Mr John Ugbaja expressed gratitude to CHISOSA for the furniture, saying that the gesture had helped in addressing a major issue in the school.

Some of the students who spoke, including the Senior Prefect, Master Kelvin Iloba, also commended members of the association for giving back to the institutions they had their foundation and urged them to remain good ambassadors of the school.

High point of the ceremony was the formal ‘commissioning’ of the furniture by the Chief Inspector of Education in Ika North East, flanked by representatives of the old student’s association and others.