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Oyo Asks Students to Resume, Approves capacity for churches, mosques

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state following the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was made public after a meeting presided by its chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde.

The curfew would now run from 10pm to 4am.

Makinde’s spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, announced the decisions reached in a statement Monday night.

They included the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students from Monday, June 29.

Also approved was the resumption of work by all categories of workers at the state secretariat from June 22.

The government has permitted the opening of mosques and churches to operate at 25 percent capacity.

All worshippers are to compulsorily wear face masks, while the situation will be reviewed within the first two weeks.

Furthermore, public gatherings have been limited to 25 persons.

The state secretariat earlier shut on March 27 and later reopened to staff on grade level 13 and above from April 27, would now be open to all other staffers from Monday, June 22.

The government said students in critical classes are to resume at the end of June to ensure they are well-prepared for the public examinations ahead.

Adisa stated that schools are to “observe the COVID-19 protocols as released by the Task Force, ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided, while all students are to compulsorily wear face masks.”

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Schools were directed to provide hand wash points with the support of their Parents/Teachers Associations (PTA).

The statement declared that night clubs are to remain shut.

It added that the resumption order will not affect the tertiary institutions for now, as the Task Force would review their situation and determine their readiness

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

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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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