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Top Nigerian Morning News, Thursday, June 25th, 2020

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1. FG sets stringent conditions for school reopening.

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The stringent conditions for the reopening of schools contained in the guidelines submitted to the National Assembly by the Federal Ministry of Education, may force some schools to close down their operations.

The document, obtained by our correspondents is titled, “Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure.”

According to the document, each school is required to create temporary isolation space and fully equipped clinics before reopening.

They are also to establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators and other education personnel become unwell while inApart from that, the Federal Government in the document, mandated any state wishing to reopen schools to hold adequate consultations with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the parents.

The guidelines also require school proprietors to construct additional structures and employ more teachers to ensure that they accommodate their pupils by adhering to the two-metre spacing system in classrooms.

Proprietors of schools have also been asked to seek grants to procure soap and buckets, ensure regular safe water supply, ensure constant supply of learning and instructional materials and pay salaries on time.

The Federal Ministry of Education had presented to the National Assembly, a detailed proposal on its plan to reopen schools across the country.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, appeared before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education on Tuesday, but refused to give details of the proposal.

The PUNCH however, obtained a copy of the document, on Wednesday.

According to the ministry, reopening of schools demands that sufficient provisions, including infrastructure, equipment and expertise, be available in the schools as stipulated in the guidelines.

2. Prepare for possible disaster, SEMA tells Kebbi LGs.

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The Kebbi State Emergency Management Agency has alerted chairmen of 11 local government areas that are flood-prone in the state, to brace for possible disaster.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Alhaji Sani Dododo, gave the warning at a meeting with the council chairmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 11 areas likely to be affected are Birnin Kebbi, Ngaski, Yauri, Koko/Besse, Argungu, Dandi, Bagudo, Bunza, Augie, Shanga and Zuru LGs.

Dododo said that against the 2020 seasonal rainfall prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, “it is necessary to caution the LGAs to prepare against the possibilities of destruction due to windstorm and heavy rainfall this year.”

“There is the need for the LGAs and state, especially SEMA to put all the necessary mitigating measures in place before the onset of the flood season,’’ he said.

Dododo also urged the chairmen to come up with precautionary measures, like tree planting, reduce the erosion that could lead to flooding.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad-Shalla, enjoined the chairmen to begin stockpiling relief materials for unforeseen disaster.

3. Oyo breaks own record in COVID-19 cases, Nigeria tops 22,000.

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Oyo State on Wednesday broke its own state record logging 100 new COVID-19 cases on the Nigerian grim daily leaderboard, taking its caseload to 1,155.

The state was second to grim trailblazer Lagos, which recorded 250 cases to build 9,323 cases overall.

Nigeria recorded 649 new cases on Wednesday, taking the national caseload to 22,020.

According to the NCDC, six other states recorded fresh infections above 20 cases.

Plateau and Delta states tied with 40 cases each.

Abia recorded 28 cases, Kaduna 27, Ogun 22 and Edo 20 cases.

4. Oshiomhole’s loyalists to boycott NEC meeting, accuse Buhari of supporting illegality.

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Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national working committee (NWC) loyal to Adams Oshiomhole, suspended national chairman of the party, have rejected the invitation to attend the national executive committee (NEC) convened by Victor Giadom.

Giadom had picked the presidential villa as the venue of the meeting, saying only NEC could solve the party’s crisis.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who has thrown his weight behind Giadom, has promised to attend the NEC meeting.

But in a statement on Wednesday, Hillard Eta, vice-chairman of the APC (south-south) and Waziri Bulama, acting national secretary, said an emergency NWC meeting held after Buhari declared support for Giadom.

He said after the meeting which lasted for about four hours, they resolved that attending the NEC meeting will amount to “embracing illegalities and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the constitution of the party”.

“We wish to unequivocally state that members of the National Working Committee (NWC) believe that the President was offered wrong advice or blackmailed into lending his weighty office to the illegality of the National Executive Committee meeting purportedly convened by one Victor Giadom on 25th June, 2020,” the statement read.

“We hereby respectfully implore Mr. President to kindly avail himself with facts of the matter regarding the impasse presently experienced by the party so as to guide him in his assessment of the matter because we are sure that the President, if properly advised, would come to the conclusion that the meeting convened by Chief Victor Giadom bothers on illegality and criminality.

“The National Working Committee (NWC) regrets to turn down the invitation to the illegal and unconstitutional National Executive Committee (NEC) convened by Chief Victor Giadom. We believe that attending such a meeting will amount to embracing illegalities and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the Constitution of our great Party.”

5. Nigerian student accuses UK varsity of racism.

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A Nigerian student, Josephine Lawal, has demanded a refund of the $20,000 she paid for a failed PhD programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom.

Lawal said despite spending over five years in the UK, she was frustrated out of the programme.

She noted that the university management later offered to give her a Master’s certificate, which she rejected.

It was learnt that the 33-year-old Ondo State indigene obtained a BSc in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Ilorin in 2007.

She thereafter attended the Cardiff Metropolitan University and got a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2012.

Lawal enrolled for her PhD the same year at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where she proposed to research on viral marketing.

According to her, the topic was changed to social media marketing and she was scheduled to end in 2015.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Lawal’s problem began when the supervisor assigned to her, Prof. David Walker, allegedly did not attend to her for one year.

She said after several complaints, she got another supervisor, Dr Sunita Dewitt.

Lawal stated, “My first year was wasted with no supervisor, which was part of the dilemma of a black student in the United Kingdom, because they will not leave a white student without a supervisor for a whole year.

“When it became obvious that I would need to renew my visa as the programme dragged to five years, the university did not want to release the Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies that I needed to apply for the visa. I was not the only one affected. My colleagues and I had to fight to renew our visas.

“After a lot of argument, we showed the management where it was written in the handbook and because of that, they released the CAS for us to apply for our visas.”

Our correspondent learnt that when Lawal submitted her thesis on December 31, 2016, there was no complaint about the research work.

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