The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has challenged corps members to always think like leaders, saying such mindset would prepare them better for the leadership assignments ahead of them.
Magu gave the charge on Tuesday, at the orientation camp centre of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Oyo State Directorate, in Iseyin.
The EFCC boss’ message was delivered by Friday Ebelo, zonal head of the Commission’s Ibadan office, during the orientation programme organised for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members.
According to him, the level of education attained by the corps members must reflect in their thinking and conduct as it is expected to help them impact their environment positively.
“Nigeria places high premium on you. You cannot afford to let it down. A true leader will always do things that will lift up the society and refrain from getting involved in act that will pull it down,” he said.
The anti-graft czar also advised them to have a clear vision about their future and explore all legitimate means to ensure that their goals are achieved.
Oyo govt. promises to overhaul security in public schools
The Oyo State Government has expressed concerns about porous security in public schools across the State, noting that challenges such as theft of furniture and destruction of facilities in schools would be brought on the front burner by the present administration.
The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran said this today, during inspection of some selected Primary schools within Ibadan metropolis.
Adeniran noted that the repositioning and transformation agenda of Governor Seyi Makinde led-administration in the Education sector would also ensure the overhaul of security in the sector, so that teachers and students would learn in a very conducive environment.
Expressing displeasure at the state of facilities met in some public schools after the lock-down, Adeniran promised that Oyo State Government would put into urgent consideration security of public schools, in order to forestall vandalization of properties in schools.
He noted that “we would put the security of these schools on the front burner. This would forestall theft of furniture and other classroom items, which most teachers complained about”.
While he commended teachers for their dedication and commitment to duty, he also appealed to them to ensure adequate preparation of pupils in the State, towards their common entrance examination.
“The essence of re-opening schools for those in Pry 6 pupils is for teachers to prepare them adequately for their forthcoming exams. I appeal to you teachers to do this without prejudice”, he said.
The SUBEB boss, however said the Seyi Makinde led administration would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that lack of necessary facilities and teaching aids are made available at schools.
Adeniran also expressed happiness about the adherence of teachers and students in schools visited to the strict COVID-19 Protocols, which he observed was a good way to start.
Dr. Adeniran who was accompanied by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Olusanjo Adeniyi and other officials of the Board visited OLGC Primary School, Odo-Okun, IMG Mokola, C&S New Eden Pry. School, Mokola and IMG Oje-Igosun. The team would also visit schools outside the metropolis tomorrow.
Education ministry presents proposal on Schools reopening
The Federal Ministry of Education through its Minister of State, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba on Tuesday presented to the National Assembly a proposed date for the reopening of schools across the country as a post COVID-19 measure.
The minister made the presentation during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education on the ministry’s plans for pupils who have been forced to stay at home following the outbreak of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
While noting that government had said that schools for some categories of students would be reopened soon, Nwajiuba said that giving a tentative date would result to misrepresentation by the public.
“We said we are going to experiment with some people and these are children from exit classes.
“In the document we have provided, we have suggested how we can move our education sector forward in this pandemic period.
“We don’t want to make it known at this period so that some people will not take our proposal for guidelines for schools reopening.
“This is because people publish fake guidelines every day which I always come on air to debunk. What we have now is a proposal.
“Even if the Senate has not called us, we would have come to you to discuss with you because we have already discussed with the House of Representatives.
“The documents were presented to you so that you can criticise and make inputs as major stakeholders”, the minister said.
He, also expressed concern over the decision of Oyo State Government to reopen its primary and secondary schools in spite of the current rising cases of Coronavirus infection in the country.
Nwajiuba wondered why the government of Oyo state which was currently battling with increase cases of new infections, should be eager to throw open the gates of its schools when its neighbouring states, were employing caution.
He said, “Why is Oyo state talking of reopening schools when it has just started recording increase cases of Coronavirus infection.
“Just beside Oyo is Ogun which was part of the three states under the FG’s lockdown since April is not talking about schools reopening.”
Oyo: Makinde reverses decision, only teachers to resume June 29
The Seyi Makinde led Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has reversed its earlier decision, just as it modified the resumption date for Primary six, Junior Secondary School III and Senior Secondary School III students in the state.
The Task Force, which rose from a two-and-a-half-hour meeting on Monday, reviewed the state of preparedness of the schools ahead of the planned resumption.
According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye and experts from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) had been going round the schools to determine compliance with the COVID-19 prevention protocols put in place by the schools.
The statement read: “By the new arrangement, Teachers are to resume to the schools on Monday June 29, 2020, while students in critical classes including Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 will resume a week later on July 6, 2020.
“As of Monday, June 22, no fewer than 372 Heads of Schools have been trained by the EOC on the management of the COVID-19 containment procedures, while each of the schools is to appoint an Incident Manager, who will ensure compliance with the approved COVID-19 protocol.
“Each student is expected to wear face masks, while the schools are to prepare well laid out hand washing spots to guarantee regular washing of hands by the students and teachers.
“The Task Force also resolved that by July 15, the state government would have reviewed the situation with the schools and come to a conclusion whether the remaining classes would be able to resume or whether the students would have to wait to resume the new session in September 2020.”
The statement also added that the community testing embarked upon by the state government has ensured that close to 8,000 tests have been conducted on residents.
The community testing is currently going on in 10 locations, across the state, while testing would be regularly conducted from the secondary health centres located in the seven administrative zones of the state after the ongoing massive community testing exercise.
The Task Force urged residents of the state to remain calm and to continue to observe the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, as according to it, the rising number of positive cases in the state has to do with the ongoing massive community testing.
“The treatment protocols already put in place by our medical experts have ensured that those infected are being discharged in record time,” the statement concluded.
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