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Federal Govt. Announces Resumption Of Tertiary Institution.

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Tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been shuttered since March in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says tertiary institutions, shut in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic in March, will reopen “very soon”.


Speaking during a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme on Saturday, August 22, 2020, Nwajiuba said the federal government is also working to end the ongoing strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

“Tertiary institutions across the country will open very soon,” he said.

Quote “Private universities have written to us, requesting that they are allowed to reopen ahead of public institutions. Vice-chancellors have also requested that we allow them to reopen for their students in exit classes.

“We have also a lot of calls from bodies who want us to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities before reopening because some public schools which are not ASUU-prone want to take the advantage of the strike to move ahead, but that would destroy our public schools. So, we are working on all these calls.”
The minister added that the National Universities Commission (NUC) will carry out an appraisal of the state of tertiary institutions ahead of the reopening.



Quote “We are waiting for the same from other tertiary institutions bodies so I can situate them and present to the PTF on COVID-19,” he said.

“I can’t give the NUC a deadline on this because our job at the ministry is to wait for their inputs. This is not a political decision alone.

“If you ASUU to call off their strike because their grievances “have more or less been resolved.”

 
 
 

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FG to Reopen NYSC Camps Nationwide

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FG to Reopen NYSC Camps Across the Nigeria

The Federal Government orders the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to prepare the reopening orientation camps nationwide.

Recall, during the peak of the outbreak of Coronavirus,Orientation camps were shut in March as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu stated that the NYSC authorities should consolidate on the safety protocols, and reopen orientation camps when the tertiary institutions open.

For the National Youth Service Corps, the NYSC is to consolidate on safety measures currently being put in place and start preparing for the reopening of orientation camps when educational institutions open.

We are in the process of developing strict guidelines to ensure there is no outbreak of Covid-19 when this process starts.

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Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State to Re-open on September 14th – Governor Sanwo-Olu

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Governor Sanwo-Olu orders the re-opening of Tertiary Institutions in Lagos state on September 14th.

The Governor revealed this on Saturday 29th August in a regular briefing on the state’s COVID-19 status.

According to him, primary and secondary schools are also tentatively scheduled to re-open from September 21th.

“This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to review of our ongoing modelling and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor explained that the decision was based on indications that the pandemic has peaked in the state, as the number of new cases continues to steadily decline.

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Sanwo-Olu reiterated that restaurants are now permitted to open for in-dining services in the state, although they must continue to ensure spaces are only filled up to 50 percent capacity at all times.

On the re-opening of event centres, bars, night clubs, beaches, cinemas, the Governor said a review will be done in September to decide whether to allow a re-opening of such public spaces.

Responding to a question on whether the Federal Government’s 10 pm curfew still holds in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu replied in the affirmative.

“These are challenging times for all of us,” he said.

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Students Invent Robot to Assist Frontline Workers Fight COVID-19

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Students invent robot to assist frontline workers fight COVID-19

Students invent robot to assist frontline workers

In a bid to enhance the operations of frontline medical personnel who are most vulnerable to coronavirus, the students of Glisten International Academy, Jahi Abuja have invented a robot named “Mairabot”.

The school’s robotics team reffered to as Glisten makerspace education came up with the innovation in response to the increasing numbers of Covid-19infection cases, and how it affects especially the frontline health workers.

Marabot which is a collaborative effort of the Glisten makerspace education team was created  virtually with the help of coaches and brilliant design ideas uploaded by students on robotics learning Management System platforms.

The coaches who are Adeniyi Ogedengbe, Pius Emeka, Mayowa Taiwo and Engr. Abba Saidu, the school’s executive director, supported the students to innovate Mairabot as a contribution to the global fight against the pandemic.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nabila Abbas, a student of the school talked about the general features of the robot.

She said It takes and records temperature readings, and carry up to 5kg drugs for distribution to patients in isolation wards.

She added that Mairabot which is remotely controlled had the capability to navigate in between beds in an isolation ward.

Another student of the school Yasmin Ali elaborated on the artificial intelligence features of the robot.

She said the robot comprises six artificial intelligence features that aids movement, memorization, interaction, navigation, capturing and courier.
” It supports saving recorded video sessions, life video interaction between doctors and patients in their isolation.
” It is a prototype invention and it is self disinfecting, ” she said.

Ali disclosed that Mairabot behavior is customized using Google Blocks programming software and it can be remotely controlled from a distance of 120 feet using an android based application.

She noted that the innovation, Mairabot would aid the federal government in its fight against virus and also the UN Sustainable Development
Goal 3 (SDG 3) in achieving ‘’Good health and well-being’’.

Another robotics team member and student of thr school, Hamza Bappa explained the decision behind the choice of Mairabot’s physical outlook.

He disclosed that the robot was made from Eco friendly household waste materials.

Bappa said an outward Nigerian cultural outlook was adopted for the robot to reflect a rich cultural heritage.

The Students had also constructed several pieces of the face shields in other to ensure that the safety measures against Covid-19 are achieved, called on the government for support.

They called on the government, relevant agencies and private institutions to support their so that the robot can be improved upon to a standardized and globally accepted level.

They said with the required support, Mairabot can be used in hospitals, supermarkets, airports post Covid-19 and it would aldo address the imminent and avoidable risk posed on healthworkers during this pandemic.

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