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Nigeria – DELSUTH to rise again – CMD says.


The Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope West Local Government Area is the state’s apex health institution providing basic training, research and medical services.

It was established to give skilled health care through the training of undergraduate medical students, residency training of doctors and paramedics.

But since June 10, 2010, when it was officially inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan, DELSUTH had been plagued by multifaceted problems, ranging from industrial unrest, low staff morale, brain drain, poor funding, massive infrastructure decay, and epileptic power supply.

But with ongoing renovation of the institution by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration, there is hope the tertiary health care centre can reclaim some of its lost glory.

Dr Onome Ogueh, the chief medical director (CMD), believes the old narrative is gradually being replaced by a culture of medical excellence as envisioned by its founding fathers.

He says his priority, besides ensuring the hospital was run professionally, is to change the hearts and minds of “people who work here to have the right attitude towards the care that we provide.”

The CMD, appointed a little over three years ago, outlines his strategy for revamping the institution.

He says: “My management team has been doing a bit to reposition DELSUTH. We have approached this in various ways. One of the things we have done since I came on board just over three years ago is to make sure that all our departments are accredited for providing clinical services at a tertiary care level. For instance, for the first time we have full accreditation for Paediatrics, Radiology and Radiography, Orthopaedic, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.”

Continuing, he says “we have also ensured that we employ adequate staff for proper service delivery. We now have, for instance, a consultant dermatologist for the first time in DELSUTH. We have also employed a cardio-thoracic surgeon. We did not have one in Delta State before now. So, we are beginning to develop a cardio-thoracic surgery service. We have also employed a restorative dentist for the first time in Delta State. We are now developing a restorative dentistry service.”

He admits that for DELSUTH to play its multifarious role effectively, it requires annual subventions from government.

But Ogueh says his team is “already looking outward”. According to him, the management is exploring other avenues to generate revenue, such as “engaging in the production of medical consumables, sanitisers to hospitals, etc.”

His words: “Like all government hospitals and teaching hospitals in the world, DELSUTH requires subvention because unlike ordinary hospitals, we do not just deliver clinical services. We do more than that. As a teaching hospital, one of the pillars of the things we do is to provide research that will help to improve the quality of the services we give to the people. We also provide training for medical students, training for postgraduate doctors, and to be able to train medical students and postgraduate doctors, we need all departments to be accredited and this requires proper funding.

“We also need to train postgraduate doctors so we can have specialists that can provide specialist services in the state and in the country, and to train these people require funding. These are things you cannot achieve with internally- generated revenue. So, I must say we need to have more.”

One of the strategies includes approaching wealthy Deltans and corporate bodies to contribute towards development of the hospital.

The CMD notes that the move has yielded astounding results. “For instance, I can tell you that one of the new services we brought in is an optic laboratory. That service was funded entirely by an individual from this community. That service has been running for few years.”

He says other revenue sources being explored include leveraging on the hospital’s competencies, such as specialisation in nursing by providing services for students from other universities, including Ladoke Akintola University of Technology at Ogbomosho in Oyo State.

Dr. Ogueh says because his team emphasises medical research, internationally-recognised researchers from DELSUTH are currently engaged in research into specialised fields.

His words: “We are doing quite a lot in terms of research. Because we are a teaching hospital, we have professors, senior lecturers, and lecturers, whose pact of agreement is to carry out research, and some of the research involves international collaboration.

”For instance, we have a programme that we have been running with UT South-Western, U.S.A, where we are collaborating to do research into kidney disease. We have different types of research going on. We are in the process of setting up a telecardiology research where we can begin to view people with heart conditions or research into heart conditions by telemedicine. You are sitting here in Oghara and you are able to do some kind of consultation in Lagos or elsewhere. That is one area we are doing research collaboration. We are doing research in many other areas because that is what makes us different from the general hospital. We do research into the services that we are providing to ensure that we provide the best for patients.”

He says DELSUTH possesses a fully equipped Radiology Department, and an MRI machine (which is of the highest standard), adding that the institution provides training for resident doctors from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

The CMD notes that the tertiary health care institution is breaking grounds in the area of a paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery unit.

He says paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is not done in Nigeria, adding that the vision of the institution is to run the service on a regular basis.

“One of such is the setting up of a Paediatric Cardio-thoracic surgery service in DELSUTH. The governor has already approved funding for it because as we speak the only way one can get paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery is to go to America, UK, Israel or India, or when people from those countries come to do outreach programmes here. That is the only time one can have it. What we want to do is a regular service and we are in the process of setting that up in collaboration with Hospital for Humanity based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.”

But Ogueh thinks his most astounding success is the cordial relationship blossoming with the host community and trade unions in the institution.

He says prompt payment of salaries and other emoluments by the government have lifted the morale of workers, adding that regular medical outreaches and support for local festivals have closed the gap in the relationship with the host community.

“We have bridged that gap and that is why, for instance, we have a football tournament that involves the community. We also reach out to the people during festive periods. During their traditional festival, Christmas, etc. we always give our support. We have bridged the gap that there was,” he offers.

Despite lamenting the deleterious effects of brain drain on the institution, Ogueh believes the country’s medical community stands to benefit in the long run.

According to him, “the other take I have with the brain drain issue is that sometimes, maybe it is even good for our people to go out there because when they go out there, they get more exposure because of the infrastructure they will meet there, which will improve their knowledge and experience. Some of them will bring this knowledge and experience back to Nigeria and use that to help develop the health service.

Continuing, he says: “… you are looking at a man who spent 28 years in the UK, Canada and America before coming back to Nigeria. The knowledge and experience I picked up in my sojourn is helping me to manage this place in the way I have been doing. For example, in the UK, because I was interested in management, I went through leadership training that has prepared me in leading this institution. Part of that leadership training involved my coming to Nigeria 10 years ago to do some work and help set up this hospital.”

Before his appointment, he was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Associate Medical Director with Brighton and Sussex University Hospital in the United Kingdom.

He also served as an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer with Brighton and Sussex Medical School in Brighton, United Kingdom.


How DELSUTH is preparing to battle COVID-19


Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH) at Oghara in Ethiope Local Government Area has put measures in place to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Onome Ogueh, says the management, with support from the government, has constant supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); face masks, gloves, hand sanitisers, etc. ”which we have consistently made available for use by our staff during this period.”

He adds: ”DELSUTH has a designated Isolation/Treatment Centre for COVID-19 with a screening protocol that is followed strictly with triage centres established at all clinics/ward entrances as well as the main hospital gate. This is to ensure that suspected cases are identified while making sure some form of clinical services delivery continues within the hospital”.

Dr. Ogueh notes that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been very proactive in preparing for COVID-19, saying the hospital has benefited through staff training, procurement of equipment and facilities’ upgrade.

He informs that ”management is aware that the state government is planning remuneration for all staff involved in the COVID-19 response team.”

The CMD says at this critical period, management counts on workers to give their total support in battling this pandemic.

Delta recorded its first case as of 9:45 pm last night. But the state had never relaxed its resolve to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic despite not having had an index case until on Wednesday.


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COVID-19: UCH Chairman, Ibrahim Shetima test positive again. (Nigeria)


Ibrahim Shetima, the chairman of the governing board of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, has tested positive to Coronavirus again.

Shetima had tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago and was placed in isolation at a special ward in UCH.


Public Relations Officer of the institution, Toye Akinrinlola, had noted that the chairman manifested symptoms of the virus shortly after the last board meeting of the hospital began in Ibadan.

However, the result of the COVID-19 second test done returned positive.


Akinrinlola on Tuesday said Shetima would continue to receive treatment at the UCH and that a third test would be done in a few days.

He said, “As I earlier said, the chairman only attended the first day of the board meeting on Tuesday, 24th of March, 2020. It was at the meeting that he began to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. The meeting was suspended and a test was done and result came out positive. He was placed in a special ward at the hospital for treatment.


“A repeat test, which was done to see if he was negative after a series of treatments, was conducted two days ago (Sunday) and the result still showed positive.

“He is being treated at an isolation center at the UCH. He will continue treatment and a third test would be done at an appointed time.”

Akinrinlola, however, noted that Shetima was “sharp and alert.”

“The chairman’s case is not severe. He is sharp and alert but we have to attain that negative status before we can consider him as fully recovered. The record we have places him around 65 years of age, ” he added.


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Nigeria – JAMB to announce official cut off marks for 2020 admission by June 15th and 16th.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has disclosed that the cut-off marks for this year’s admission have not been fixed. This was disclosed by the Head of Media and Information Dr. Fabian Benjamin in a statement yesterday.

He urged Nigerians, particularly candidates, to disregard any cut-off mark being circulated by “fraudsters”, describing it as “fake.”


According to him, the official cut-off marks would be decided at a stakeholders’ policy meeting that would be chaired by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu. scheduled to hold June 15th and 16th, 2020

He said: “Kindly disregard any cut-off mark paraded by fraudsters. It is fake news.


“Cut-off marks are decided at a policy meeting chaired by the Hon. Minister of Education with all heads of tertiary institutions, CEOs of regulatory agencies in education and other critical stakeholders in attendance.

“This meeting has been fixed for June 15 and 16 all things being equal.

“Until this meeting is held, nobody can talk of cut-off mark. Nigerians are advised to disregard any such marks being paraded.”


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COVID-19: Why we are on strike – ASUU


The Academic Staff Union of Universities says it ordered its members, who are lecturers across universities, to embark on strike during the coronavirus pandemic because there would never be a time approved for such an action.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Tuesday, also launched ASUU COVID-19 intervention in an effort to sensitise the public and check the spread of the dreaded virus at the University of Ibadan.


The intervention materials, produced by the UI branch of ASUU, comprised about 1,000 100ml of hand sanitisers. The programme included sensitisation campaign, via jingles in Pidgin and English languages; posters in three languages and hand gloves.

Ogunyemi, who was represented on the occasion by the coordinator of ASUU, UI zone, Prof. Ade Adejumo, said, “We cannot confront the challenge by bemoaning our fate. What is expected is that we join forces to do what China and other well-organised societies have done to flatten the curve.


“ASUU acknowledges that public information, education and communication are key. To demonstrate our concerns for the welfare and well-being of the Nigerian people, ASUU members nationwide shall be willing to work with medical and paramedical workers as volunteers in their public enlightenment and professional intervention initiatives.

“All branches shall explore areas of strategic collaboration with federal, state and local governments to provide support in terms of information and expert skills drawn from our members across the nation. For us in ASUU, this is not an occasion for blame game or buck passing. However, it calls for sober reflection on what we need to do differently with our health and education.”

Ogunyemi said the coronavirus crisis had exposed the country’s “naked and empty teaching hospitals” which justified its industrial action to demand revitalisation funds for public universities.

He, however, said the union would be willing to serve as volunteers nationwide in the coronavirus crisis to work with the medical and paramedical workers involved in tackling the scourge.


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Sierra Leone stops school ban for pregnant girl.


Sierra Leone has overturned a ban on pregnant girls attending school, the government said Monday, adding that it sought to build a state that embraced every citizen.

In a statement, the education ministry said scrapping the ban “is the first step in building a radically inclusive Sierra Leone where all children… are able to live and learn in safety and dignity”.


In 2015, Sierra Leone banned pregnant girls from going to school after a surge in sexual violence and teenage pregnancies driven by the Ebola crisis.

Women and girls in the former British colony face high levels of sexual violence, partly a legacy of the use of rape as a weapon during the civil war of 1991-2002.


Officials at the time of the ban argued that pregnant girls would be unable to learn and might influence other girls to get pregnant.

But the policy proved highly controversial.


Rights groups complained it was discriminatory and left teenage mothers chained to poverty as they were denied education.

In December, the Court of Justice of the West Africa bloc ECOWAS and ordered Sierra Leone to retract the ban.


“This doesn’t change the culture of violence against girls but it moves us in a big way in the right direction,” said Chernor Bah, the head of a local feminist organisation.

He added that successive waves of girls had been shut out of school and the impact of the policy would be felt “for many more years”.

On Monday, the education ministry said the decision to allow pregnant girls to attend school again wass effective immediately.

The announcement, however, comes as schools are set to shut from Tuesday in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


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COVID-19: University of Ibadan Staff test positive.


The Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and the Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan have both tested positive for coronavirus.

The Public Relations Officer of UCH, Toye Akinrinlola, confirmed this in a telephone interview on Sunday.


The CMD of UCH, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, had earlier revealed news of contracting the virus on his official Twitter account: @UchCmd.

Otegbayo tweeted: “On Monday 23rd March, we commenced a 12-man quarterly board meeting which was meant to last 5 days in the hospital, we observed social distancing and other precautionary measures for covid-19 as much as possible.


“However, on Wednesday morning, one of us presented with what appeared to be symptoms of covid-19, his samples were immediately taken for test and the meeting called off.

“His results returned positive on Friday morning and every participant (including me) immediately went into self isolation while our samples were also taken for test.


“Unfortunately, my result returned positive on Saturday afternoon and I remain in isolation as I am not symptomatic.

“All staff who have been in contact with me and other participants during this period have been advised to immediately proceed on self-isolation pending the time they get tested.


“Covid-19 is spreading faster than we think and I enjoin everyone to take precautions. If one person has it, then a gathering of two becomes dangerous.

“Stay at home, avoid unnecessary outing and stay safe.”


Likewise, the Provost of the College of Medicine, Prof. Oluwabunmi Olapade-Olaopa, in a statement, released on Sunday said he and his deputy, Prof. Obafunke Denloye, also tested positive to the deadly virus.

Olapade-Olaopa said: “I wish to inform you that the Deputy Provost and I tested positive for the COVID 19 following tests done on Friday.

“Although we are both asymptomatic, we have gone into self-isolation for 14 days whilst our contacts are being observed closely to determine if they should also be tested.”


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Just in: Jamb hand over 180 candidates to police.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has handed over 180 candidates in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) to the police for prosecution over alleged involvement in examination malpractices.

It said 70 per cent of the candidates have been arraigned, while others are undergoing investigation.


JAMB’s Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this yesterday in an interview in Abuja.

He said the candidates were arrested across the country during the conduct of the examination that ended last Saturday.


The board had on Sunday published the names and states of some of the candidates fingered in examination malpractices in its weekly bulletin, with Imo, Anambra and Enugu states topping the list with 26, 12 and 12 candidates.

Some of their offences included: examination by proxy, attempt to cheat, forceful entrance, tampering with examination documents, smuggling of phones into the examination halls, among others.


Other states on the list of malpractices are Abia, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo and Osun.

The JAMB spokesman said that the arrested candidates were with the police, adding that their arraignment had started.


He said: “They are about 180 candidates. We arrested them all over the country. We are harmonising the list and following up on it to ensure that all of them are arraigned.

“Most of them have been arraigned already. Seventy per cent of them have been arraigned already.


“They (the candidates) are with the police. So the police will prosecute them. We don’t have prosecuting powers. When the police start prosecution, they will certainly get across to us.

“Most of them have even been arraigned. When the arraignment is concluded, we will give you a comprehensive report..

“When we get to a stage that is important for everyone to know, we will let you know. But some of them have already been arraigned by the police.”


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COVID-19: NECO indefinitely postpone common entrance examination in Nigeria.


The National Examination Council (NECO) has postponed the 2020 national common entrance examination indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exam, which is for admission into federal unity colleges across the country, was earlier scheduled to hold on March 28, 2020.


But in a statement on Tuesday, Azeez Sani, NECO’s head, information and public relations division, said the decision is in “deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).”

Sani also disclosed that a new date would be communicated to candidates in due course while registration for the examination continues.


”The National Examination Council, NECO wishes to inform all candidates, guardians and relevant stakeholders of the indefinite postponement of the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Federal Unity Colleges earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday 28 March, 2020,” the statement read.

“This decision is in deference to the various measures being put in place by the Federal and State Governments to curtail the potential spread of Coronavirus (COV1D-19).


“The Management of NECO regrets any inconveniences the postponement might have caused our esteemed Candidates and other Stakeholders.

“A new date for the examination will be communicated to Candidates and other Stakeholders in due course. Meanwhile, registration for the examination continues.”

The development comes about the same time when the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) temporarily suspended all activities requiring physical contacts in all its offices and centres nationwide.

There are currently 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.


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JUST IN: ASUU commences indefinite strike.


ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi says the strike became necessary after the Federal Government ignored issues raised by the association.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on indefinite strike action.


The announcement was made by the President of Association, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi in Abuja, on Monday.

He explained that the action became necessary following the Federal Government’s refusal to address issues raised in its 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as its objection to joining the Integrated Pay Roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)

The industrial action takes effect today, March 23rd.


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We didn’t postpone 2020 UTME – JAMB allege.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has not postponed the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as rumoured in some quarters.

There were rumours that the ongoing exams had been rescheduled, especially after several government directives — including shutting of schools nationwide — aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the country.


But in a post on its social media page on Thursday, the board described such rumours as untrue, adding that the examination would come to a close on Saturday.

It added that only few candidates in Bayelsa and Rivers states who had their exam dates adjusted would sit for the exam next week.


“This is to bring to the notice of the public that the Board has not rescheduled its examinations as being rumoured around,” it wrote on Twitter.

“All examinations would end on Saturday, 21 March 2020 with the few candidates in Bayelsa and Rivers States only who were earlier scheduled to sit the examinations next week.

“The Board hereby advises candidates in the two states to reprint their slips to note the venue and time of their adjusted examination schedules.”

The development comes about two days after the exam body also dismissed rumours that it had cancelled results for the UTME taken between March 14 and 16.


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UNIABUJA suspend 24 students arrested during cult initiation. (Photo)


The University of Abuja on Friday announced the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the institution arrested during cult initiation in Gwako village along Gwagwalada Road in the Federal Capital Territory.

The students, including seven final year students, were arrested by the police on March 15 after the villagers raised the alarm of a crowd of cultists hiding in a bush.


The suspected cultists arrested with the effort of the community vigilantes had subsequently been taken into police custody.

According to an eyewitness, a total of 46 persons suspected to be students were arrested but about 24 are from the University of Abuja. It was not clear yet where the other suspects school. They were stripped and beaten by the villagers before they were moved away by the police in two vans.


The university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, on Friday approved the indefinite suspension of the 24 students of the university.

In a release by UNIABUJA’s Head of Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob, the university said suspicious activities must be promptly reported to the police and other authorities.


Yakoob said, “The vice-chancellor has approved the indefinite suspension of 24 students of the university for alleged involvement in cultism. This is the first batch of the arrested students to be suspended by the university management.

“Out of the 24 suspended students, who cut across various faculties including Science, Arts and Social Science, seven were in 400 level; 10 in 300 level; six in 200 level and one spill-over student.

“The affected students have been directed by the university authorities to hand over all the (school’s) property in their possession and vacate the hostels immediately. The vice-chancellor also directed that the students be made to appear before the Students’ Disciplinary Committee for further investigation.”

The university management maintained that it has zero tolerance for cultism and other related misconduct.


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COVID-19: Imo state govt shut down schools, institutions.


The Imo State government has ordered the closure of all tertiary institutions, primary and secondary schools in the state till further notice over the Coronavirus outbreak.

Addressing residents of the state during a broadcast on Saturday, Governor Hope Uzodinma said an isolation centre has been set up in Owerri to quarantine any person who tests positive to the virus.


The governor also asked relevant authorities to ensure strict compliance with the directives.

According to him, arrangements have been put in place to test all passengers arriving at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport of symptoms of the Coronavirus.


He explained that any passenger that manifests signs of the symptoms will first be taken to a bay that has been set up at the airport for further examination.

The move comes 24 hours after the governor constituted a nine-member committee on the prevention of Corona Virus disease (COVID-19).

The committee headed by former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Professor Maurice Iwu is to take proactive measure to prevent the spread of the disease which is ravaging many parts of the world.


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ASUP lecturers give 15 days ultimatum as they may strike.


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics on Thursday gave the Federal Government 15 days ultimatum for it to honour all pending agreements reached with it or risk industrial action.

Addressing the press after the union’s 97th National Executive Committee meeting at the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State, ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, said members would embark on strike unless the Federal Government implemented agreement reached with it and meet its other demands.


He also demanded urgent steps to rectify irregularities that accompanied payment of February salary to its members through Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

According to him, victimisation of many ASUP officials that participated in lawful struggle had continued unabated, adding that seven lecturers of the Institute of Management Technology, Enugu, and the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, had been dismissed for participating in union activities, while two others from Yaba College of Technology were suspended.

“Based on these which epitomise neglect, disregard and disrespect to the sector; coupled with the insincerity of the government in respecting signed agreements entered into with our union, the union is hereby issuing a 15-day ultimatum to resolve these pending issues affecting the sector or face industrial action by our union without the benefit of any other warning,” Ezeibe added.


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COVID-19: Babcock, YABATECH, UNILAG close campuses.


Following the increase in the number of identified cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State have shut down their campuses.

UNILAG management met with the provost and deans committee on Thursday, March 19, 2020, resolved to close the institution.


A statement by the university said the Senate held an emergency meeting on Friday, March 20, 2020 approved the resolution in accordance with the order issued by the Federal Government, Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission that schools nationwide should be closed for the period of one month effective from Monday, March 23, 2020, as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.


In view of the decisions, the management directed that at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020, students should vacate the hostels and return home. Resumption date is subject to review as developments unfold.

YABATECH in a statement said the college will be shut for a period of one month, from Monday, 23.


The statement by the management explained that as a result of the closure, all academic activities have been suspended until further notice and directed students to vacate halls of residence at 12noon on Saturday, March 21.

In a related development, the management of Babcock University said the school closed on Friday, March 20 until further notice.

The statement urged parents to come for their wards from Friday, March 20 to Monday, March 23.

The university management warned that “there shall be no evacuation of students on Saturday, March 21, 2020.


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COVID-19: Lagos to teach SS3 students on TV, Radio


Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo has disclosed that they are making arrangements for SS3 candidates preparing for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to be taught some core subjects via radio and television.

In an interview today, the commissioner said teachers would pre-record lessons in eight subjects for broadcast on radio, television and online.


The core subjects are: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Literature-In-English, Financial Accounting and Economics.

Folashade who advised public and private schools to comply with the closure of schools in the state, added;

“You know in our classes there are lots of children and children will always play with each other.

“So it is to protect our children; we agreed that all schools should just shutdown.”


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COVID-19: OAU lock down indefinitely.


The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile Ife has been shut down until further notice.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Friday, said the closure was in compliance with directives from the Federal Government.


The Federal government had on Thursday ordered all tertiary institutions and unity schools to shut down in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“All students of the university have been directed to proceed on a break, and those in the university’s halls of residence have been asked to vacate their hostels and go home.


“Accordingly, students are expected to be leaving their hostels and the campus beginning from Monday, March 23, 2020, latest by 5:00pm.

“Parents and guardians of our students are advised to ensure that their children and wards comply fully with the order,” the statement added.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, also ordered “the suspension of all local, national and international conferences, seminars or workshops, scheduled to hold in the University, until further notice.”


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COVID-19: Plateau govt. orders closure of schools.


The Plateau State Government has directed the closure of all public and private schools in the state on or before March 21 following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Danladi Atum gave the directive in a statement on Thursday in Jos.


He said the schools included pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.

Atu explained that the directive was part of measures to safeguard the lives of Plateau people.


He urged parents to promote the culture of personal and family hygiene to curtail and prevent the spread of the disease.

Similarly, in an interview with newsmen, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, called on all schools managements in the state to provide water, soap and hand sanitisers in their various institutions as preventive measures for the virus.

Ndam urged the management of schools to stress the importance of personal hygiene to children, while urging the public to reduce handshaking, especially in churches.


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615 prisoners studying for free in NOUN – VC


A total of 615 prison inmates have been admitted to the National Open University in Nigeria (NOUN) in a free education scheme.

Adamu Adamu, the institution’s vice chancellor, disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Lagos.


NobleReporters learnt that the professor of science education said that NOUN is responsible for the payment of their fees up to PhD level.

He added that it had been his joy to encourage prisoners to acquire education and be useful on re-integration into the society.


Adamu said that he was happy seeing people who were incarcerated and had no hope, with some of them on death row and life sentence, studying.

The vice chancellor added that the inmates had preference for studying peace and conflict resolution as their major courses.


Adamu said that NOUN, established in 2002, also encouraged people living with disabilities to enroll into it.

“We don’t want a situation where people with so-called learning disabilities are separated from the society,” the VC said.


“If anybody with a learning disability wishes to enroll in NOUN, he is also welcome.

“We don’t have braille books but we have other items of tech. Phones now have enhancements that they can use, although they’ve not been able to explore these.

“We are living in an inclusive world, we want these people to be part of the society because they live in there. So, we integrate them as much as we can.”

According to Adamu, NOUN intends to further actualise the initiative but will need funding from the federal government to realise its projected goals.


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COVID-19: Benue govt. shut down schools indefinitely.


In a bid to discourage the possible contamination of the dreaded Coronavirus among residents in the state, the Benue state government has announced the closure of all schools operating in the state indefinitely, as from Friday March 27, 2020.

Taking to its official twitter handle, the state Government wrote:-


SCHOOLS TO CLOSE INDEFINITE

“All Schools in Benue State, starting from Basic Education, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions are to close down on 27/03/2020~ Prof. Dennis Ityavyar.”


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JAMB officially recommend new way to check results.


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new method for candidates who sat for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

JAMB in a statement on Wednesday via its verified Twitter handle also refuted reports that it has cancelled the results of examinations held on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020.


According to the examination body, candidates who sat for the 2020 UTME should check their results via their mobile phones.

The statement directed the students to check their 2020 UTME results by sending RESULT to 55019, and not on the board’s website.

“JAMB has not cancelled the results of its examination conducted on Saturday, March 14, Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, 2020,” the tweet read.


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COVID-19: Lagos, Nigeria set to close down schools.


As part of preventive measures against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Lagos State Government has announced that it will close down all public and private schools in the state from Monday, March 23, 2020.

According to the Commissioner for Education in Lagos,


Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, the move became necessary to prevent pupils and teachers from contracting the virus.

The state government admonished parents to ensure that their children practised ‘social distancing’ while at home, wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitisers and observe high standards of personal hygiene.

Adefisayo said the closure was not intended to create panic but to arrest the spread of the disease, which has become a global threat.

On Wednesday, five new cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in Nigeria, bringing the total in the country to eight.


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