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Safety First! Don’t Reopen Schools Until 2021, ASUU Tells FG

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it supported the decision of the Federal Government to stop Senior Secondary School, 3 pupils, from partaking in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination earlier scheduled to commence on August 4.

The union advised the government to shut down schools until 2021 to ensure adequate preparations, citing the case in some countries such as Kenya.

Our correspondents had reported on Saturday that the Federal Ministry of Education met with officials of the West African Examination Council in Abuja and resolved to announce a new date for the examination.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had also said the government would consult with the four other countries under WAEC to set a new date, while announcing COVID-19 mandatory guidelines for schools which must be kept before July 29.

The ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who made the recommendations in an interview with journalists, said no reasonable government would take such chances unless parents would be told to sign an undertaking.

Ogunyemi said, “Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year (2021); they too have exams to write. Safety first. If it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians, so be it.

“So, if that will help us to address cases that can lead to an increase in mortality, I think Nigerians should go that way and all of us should see the reason for it. If they need to cancel admission for the year, it is good for them. Life matters first, people must have a life first before they can go to university. Are the universities ready to work now?

“Our position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalize and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not as if the door is totally closed.”

The ASUU president added that the union had not seen any evidence to show that schools were secured for students to go back.

He said, “The first thing that should be tackled is whether schools are safe. And if the schools are not safe, why do you want to carry out an experiment with the lives of our children? An attempt to send back the children to school at a time there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is like experimenting with the lives of our children.

“If they put all the things in place, including social and physical distancing, sanitizers, kitting the children as we see in other places, decontamination with water flowing in the schools and all the gadgets, why not? So, if the government can meet all these conditions, then they can reopen the schools. But if they cannot meet all these conditions, they should not experiment with even 10 students in any school.”

Meanwhile, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has said that its members are ready for school reopening and that as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, it has directed its members to open schools for about four hours daily.

NAPPS in an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents noted that since the Federal Government had given the directive on school resumption for terminal classes, it was relating with its members nationwide on a number of safety protocols to put in place.

The NAPSS National President, Chief Yomi Otubela, said, “Our association, as the registered umbrella body of private schools in Nigeria, has been interfacing with Federal Government representatives, including the Ministry of Education and other agencies, concerning how to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“The fact that pupils are returning to school does not mean that we are going to spend the total hours as it used to be in the past. We are considering a little time of about three to four hours in school. This is to ensure that there is no room for children to go on break and play around the premises.

“And we have also discussed with our members that there should be staggered resumption. Staggered resumption means that if the JSS3 class comes to school by 8 am, SSS3 can come by 9 am and the Primary 6 classes can come by 10 am. This is to ensure that we don’t get the entrances and the exits crowded.”

The president noted that schools had been instructed to have infrared thermometers, and also avoid teachers marking students’ books manually.

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Sanwo-Olu Urges Lagos Landlords To Consider Monthly Rents

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The Lagos state government has urged stakeholders in the real estate sector to work out modalities for residents to pay house rents on monthly basis instead of yearly.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor, was speaking on Thursday during a policy roundtable dialogue with real estate stakeholders held in Lekki.

The roundtable, which was themed ‘International Best Practices On Real Estate Regulations’, was organized by the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA).

Sanwo-Olu urged stakeholders to work hand-in-hand with the state government to address the issue of housing deficit and reduce rents to make life easier for Lagosians.

He said the current situation where residents are under pressure when their rents are due is not palatable.

Sanwo-Olu said that the housing deficit in Lagos state is huge, and urged private practitioners to play by the rules.

”The real estate can contribute 20 to 25 percent to the GDP. We need to have clear data where landlords would no longer be demanding one year rent ahead,” NAN quoted him to have said.

“Landlords should see how they can reduce yearly rent to monthly. The housing deficit in Lagos is huge and unacceptable, but the government cannot do it alone.”

The governor said it is clear that there is no proper data concerning the real estate operators in the state thus the need for the LASRERA registration portal.

“This platform will also ensure that we curb bad behaviours either on the landlord side or on the tenant side,” he explained.

“We have a deficit, and even the small one we have is not properly done. People are losing money, people are not being sincere.”

 

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VIDEO: I Can’t Be Alive And You Insult Oyedepo My Father, I Will Kill You, Tear You Into Pieces; You Bastard! – Pastor Ibiyeomie Attacks Daddy Freeze

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Pastor David Ibiyeomie of the Salvation Ministries, Port Harcourt in Rivers state went hard on OAP and leader of the Free the Sheeple movement, Daddy Freeze, for always ”insulting his father”, Bishop David Oyedepo.

Daddy Freeze has always taken to his social media handles to tackle and counter most of the things said or written by the revered clergyman, Bishop Oyedepo.

Preaching in his church recently, Ibeyiome verbally attacked Freeze, placing a curse on the day the OAP was born and calling him a “bast*rd” for insulting Oyedepo who he said is his father.

According to Ibiyeomie, Freeze is not a Nigerian but a Somalian who was born inside a ship.

”Insult me I wouldn’t talk but insulting Oyedepo…..that Bast*rd! Tell him, any day I hear him talk about Oyedepo….do they know his father? Does Daddy Freeze have a father? That half-caste who is a Somalian. The day I hear him talk about Oyedepo again, I will deal with him.

Oyedepo may not talk but I can’t be alive and you insult my father.

Who gave birth to him? If he has a father, let him show us his father’s picture. Somebody that they gave birth to on the ship. Does he look like a Nigerian? That’s a Somalian.”

Continuing, the visibly angry clergyman said:

Oyedepo may not talk but I can’t be alive while you insult my father. I curse the day he was born. I can’t be alive and you insult my father. I will tear you into pieces, you Bast*rd!

People who have fathers don’t insult fathers. He is insulting him because he has no father. You can never insult a father if you have a father. He has no father.

Tell him o. Tell him. This is the last time he talks about Oyedepo again. He is a bast*rd. Does he have a father? Who is his father? Let him show his father if he has a father?”

He went on to attack Freeze over his failed marriage. He also insinuated that Freeze doesn’t have a good job as a broadcaster.

”Man who cannot marry. He has no wife. He can’t manage his home and he is coming to talk on Television. Is he not the wife who left him? A man who is a broadcaster? Does he have a good job? ”

Ibiyeomie further stated that he will get Daddy freeze arrested soon.

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Lagos Churches Reopen After 20 Weeks Closure, Comply With COVID-19 Guidelines, Low Turnout Recorded [PHOTOS]

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Churches in Lagos State, on Sunday, held services after over four months’ ban on religious gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had last week ordered the reopening of worship centers in the state from Friday, August 7, 2020.

Mosques in the state held Jumat services on Friday, while churches had their services on Sunday.

At some of the churches visited by our correspondents, it was observed that children and the elderly were absent in accordance with the directive of the state government.

It was also observed that worshippers maintained physical distancing, wore face masks, and washed their hands before entering the churches.

At the national headquarters of the RCCG, Abutte-metta, there was a big inscription informing members and visitors to wear facemasks.

Ushers checked the temperature of worshippers, who were instructed to wash their hands and writes their names on a register.

Children below 12 were sent back.

Social distancing rule was maintained in the church and monitored by the Pastor in charge of the parish, Adebayo Adeyemo.

Multiple services were introduced. At 8 am, the first service began with 360 worshippers in a hall meant for thousands. The second service had 44 worshippers in attendance.

The General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, welcomed the reopening of the churches, noting that in the presence of God, there is fullness of joy and healing.

At the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Abule Egba, there was provision for hand-washing at the entrance of the church. Worshipers were also seen with their face masks.

At the Christ Faith Tabernacle International Church, Ogba, the service was held for one hour and a half hours. The church also obeyed the COVID-19 guidelines.

At the CAC Palace of Light and Salvation, Egbeda, a member said the church reduced its services to two.

“Before COVID-19, we used to have three services, but we now hold two services,” she said.

In the Yaba area of the state, members of the Lagos Presbyterian Church were seen with face masks and washing their hands as they entered the church to worship.

Celestial Church of Christ, Archdiocese, National Headquarters, Makoko, Lagos…on Sunday
The church minister, Rev. Chinedu Okoroafor, said, “The management has put every measure in place to comply with the guidelines to curb the spread of the virus in churches.”

At the St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, Ejigbo, worshippers’ temperature was checked at the gate, while the use of face masks was enforced.

The ‘no mask, no entrance’ rule was also enforced at the Assemblies of God Church, Jakande Estate, Isolo, while two services were held to maintain the social distancing order.

A member of the church told one of our correspondents that a WhatsApp message was sent to members to ensure that the children and the elderly stayed at home.

Members of the Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel, Ikorodu, were seen washing their hands and making use of hand sanitizer on the church premises, where three services were held.

An usher in the church, Dele Goriola, said, “We have a team of compliance men to ensure that members comply with the measures put in place.”

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