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Plans on reopening Schools in Nigeria

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In the little time, educators across Nigeria as well as other parts of Africa, and all over the world have asking this question: “When will schools re-open?” “Are we going to allow our schools run like they use to do.”
In few places in the world, schools have already resumed, but many are asking if the social distancing arrangement will succeed in a class of 39 or in some cases, a class of 70 to 80 pupils.
However, school owners feel the need to open the gates to allow students return. Parents now understand what teachers pass through every day, and are ready to rush their children back to school.
But for schools to re-open, some steps should be taken, so that community spread of the virus, will not destroy more lives, especially those of our children.
All pupils and students should undergo a compulsory Covid-19 test, at least, two weeks before schools resume. Every pupil should be issued a certificate, after testing, and, this should be made available to the school authorities, before the pupil is allowed to resume classes.
The Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) officials, should supervise the compulsory fumigation of public and private school premises, and a Certificate of Inspection issued to the school.
All teachers and non-academic staff, should equally be subjected to appropriate testing and certified ‘fit’ to come to school to handle other people’s children.
There should be a collaboration between the NCDC and the Ministry of Health. This should allow the NCDC keep a record of all the schools that they have verified fit for resumption as well as make same certification, available to the ministry of education, to enable the ministry of education, sanction and or shut down any defaulting school.
All school medical personnel, from the school doctor, to the school nurses and even janitors, working directly at the sick bay, should be given mandatory training on pandemic management, to enable them administer.
We need to be pro-active henceforth in handling the education industry in Nigeria. By so doing, we will be able to steadily raise the bar for our teachers and students, as well as continue to aim at our goal of building a 21st Century nation.

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N50,000, N30,000 To Be Distributed Among 433,000 Nigerians, Businesses By FG




Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to  President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.

NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.

The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.

Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’

Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.

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He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.

“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’

The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.

At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.

He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.

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