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COVID-19: Oyo state releases calendar for schools resumption

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Oyo State Government on Tuesday released the calendar for the resumption of schools in the state.

Schools across the country were shut due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

But, the state government on Tuesday said it has released a calendar to guide resumption and examination for terminal classes in the state.

Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye who spoke after the state executive council meeting on Tuesday said the state executive council approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of classes.

Olaleye enjoined all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.

He said, “The Oyo State Executive Council at its meeting today 21st of July 2020 approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities in the State.

“Third Term 2019/2020 session has been cancelled and promotion of students, for all affected classes, will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessment.

“Pry 6, JSS 3 and SSS 3 will proceed on holiday from 30th of July and resume for their Examination as follows;

Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)- 10th to 18th August 2020. Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August 2020. Placement/Screening Test to JSS1- 20th August 2020. Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August 2020. The SSS 3 will resume for their examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.

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“The 2020/21 academic session, according to the calendar approved by the State Council is as follows;

“First Term- 21st September to 18th December 2020. Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021. Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021

“The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology enjoin all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar”.

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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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