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It’s unsafe to reopen varsities now, COVID-19 guidelines absent – ASUU

Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday assessed COVID-19 protocols in the universities and said the institutions were not ready for safe reopening.

The chapters of the union, in separate interviews with Tnc24 source, commented on the directive of the National Universities Commission that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.
ASUU said although its members were ready to start work, government had not put measures in place for safe reopening of the schools.
ASUU’s concern came amid coronavirus cases and deaths, which rose to 99,063 and 1,350 respectively on Saturday.

The union Chairman at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said classroom and hostel situations in universities did not in any way conform with COVID-19 protocols.

Egbedokun further said no preparations had been made so far for the safe re-opening of the universities and urged parents to insist on safety before re-opening.
He said, “COVID-19 is very real and this second wave is as real as described. We cannot afford to toy with our health and the health of our dear students in the name of resumption, which is politically motivated.

“There are no preparations for safe re-opening of the universities and I think parents must insist on safe re-opening. The current classroom and hostel configurations in our universities do not in any way conform with the PTF (Presidential Task Force) on COVID-19 protocols. There is no way universities can achieve that. I have said this elsewhere, that rather than for government to have addressed the obvious deficits in the public universities during the lockdown and strike, they were playing to the gallery.”
But the OAU spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju, said the university management was ready for resumption and had put in place “a lot in relation to the COVID-19 protocols” in a bid to ensure safety.

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Oko Chukwu salutes Gov Ikpeazu over security in Abia

The Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, says he is happy and full of pride to be associated with his principal, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, saying the Governor has indeed made Abia State an Investors Haven as a result of his unwavering commitment to security.
Oko Chukwu expressed satisfaction that under the watch of Governor Ikpeazu, Abia has been adjudged one of the safest states as well as a reference point on infrastructural development and MSMES promotion through his five Cardinal Policy Pillar Thrust of Education, Agriculture, Health, Trade and Investment and Oil and Gas and their enablers’.

The Abia Deputy Governor made the claims in a statement to congratulate Ikpeazu on his well-deserved award as the Best Governor On Security Matters in Nigeria 2020 by Business Day Newspapers.
Oko Chukwu noted that the award is a clear testimony that no selfless service rendered to the citizens has ever gone unnoticed and uncelebrated, pointing out that Ikpeazu deserved the honour, given the giant strides his administration has recorded in all sectors.

The former Speaker, Abia House of Assembly, joined Abians and Nigerians as well as all people of goodwill to congratulate and rejoice with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on his award.
He, however, prayed Almighty God to continually uphold and prosper Governor Ikpeazu in his wisdom, strength and grace as he tirelessly renders selfless service to Abians in particular and Nigerians in general.

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Several persons are believed to have died in a Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, Borno state capital, on Tuesday.

Several persons are believed to have died in a Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, Borno state capital, on Tuesday.
Tnc24 understands that the attack started around 6pm and lasted for an hour.

A military source told Tnc24 source that the insurgents were attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri but they were repelled around the Kaleri area.

A resident who confirmed the attack, said, “I was on my way to the mosque when I started hearing the sounds of the bomb blast, followed by that of gunshots.
The sounds were coming from Gwange area of the town.”

Another resident said: “What I hear is that the insurgents are trying to come into town through Mairi village, close to the University of Maiduguri.”

Yakaka, a Twitter user, also confirmed that he heard the blasts.
Multiple bomb blast sounds in Maiduguri just now. Ya Allah don’t take us back to what we have left behind us. I have long forgotten this heart sinking sound till now,” he tweeted.
When contacted, Edet Okon, police spokesperson in Borno, refused to comment on the incident.

Mohammed Yerima, army spokesperson, said he was yet to be informed of the attack

“I just spoke with the theatre commander and he did not tell me of any blasts yet,” he said.

In the past, Maiduguri had come under series of Boko Haram attacks, leading to the deaths of hundreds and destruction of properties.

The city has enjoyed relative peace in the past few months.

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Drunkard governor: Smart Adeyemi is bloodthirsty – Dino Melaye slams Kogi Senator for insulting Ikpeazu

Dino Melaye, former Kogi West Senator, has berated his successor in the Senate, Smart Adeyemi over his derogatory statement against Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
Adeyemi had called Ikpeazu as a Champagne drinking governor.

The lawmaker, who made the remark while contributing to a motion on the Safe School Initiative in Nigeria on the floor of the Senate, had said Abia State was being governed by drunkards.

Adeyemi said while some governors were committed to the welfare and protection of their people, Abia was ravaging in poverty.

He had said: “In some states where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abia, they are governed by drunkards. The governor of Abia is a champagne drinking man.
Abia people are impoverished more than ever before. Abia people are unfortunate.”

Reacting, Adeyemi described Adeyemi as a drug addict.

In a tweet, Melaye wrote: “It is shocking that a diabolical father of a known drug addict who even went to a rehabilitation centre will call the decent Governor of Abia State names. I apologise unbehalf of this blood thirsty senator.”

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