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COVID-19: Ekiti re-imposes curfew, bans large public gatherings from Jan11 – Commissioner
Ekiti has re-imposed fresh restrictions to movement and banned large public gatherings amid fears of the escalating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Akin Omole, announced on Sunday evening, in Ado Ekiti, that the state government had imposed a an 8.00 pm to 6.00 am daily curfew across the state.
Omole said in a statement that government had equally banned all public gatherings of more than 20 people, anywhere in the state until further notice. ”These restrictions take effect from Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at 6:00am. These drastic steps, as approved by Gov Kayode Fayemi, are as a result of the alarming rate at which the second wave of COVID-19 is spreading in Nigeria and elsewhere”, he said.
Nigeria has a shortage of 277,537 teachers in basic education sector, says UBEC
The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Bobboyi, has revealed that Nigeria had a shortage of 277, 537 teachers at the basic level, according to a National Personnel Audit (NPA) it conducted on Public and Private Basic Education Schools in the country.
In a statement issued by the commission’s Head of Public Relations and Protocol, Mr David Apeh, and made available to newsmen, in Abuja, on Sunday, Bobboyi said that the NPA indicated that while 73 per cent of those teaching in public schools were qualified teachers, only 53 per cent of teachers in private schools were qualified to teach.
“Our hope is that with the current reforms that are being put in place where you attract the best candidates into the teaching profession and compensate them adequately, the narrative will change.”
Okorocha meets Wike, set to commission projects in Rivers
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has welcomed former Governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha to Brick House, Port Harcourt.
Reports indicate that Senator Okorocha is in Rivers State to commission Rumuche-Rumuakunde-Ohna Awuse Road in Emohua Local Government Area tomorrow, Monday 11, 2021.
The visit, coming on the heels of political wranglings in the Imo state, and of course, the 2023 general election, is presumed to be not unconnected to a supposedly looming defection by the former Imo state governor to the opposition party.
Ekweremadu pledges to assist Enugu farmers access CBN loan
Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has pledged to assist farmers in Enugu State to access agricultural loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Ekweremadu made the pledge when members of Enugu State Amalgamated Farmers Cooperative Society, covering the 17 councils of the state, paid him a courtesy visit in Enugu.
He said that he was disturbed by the fact that most farmers in the state hardly accessed the agricultural loans disbursed by the government. According to him, such development cannot encourage farmers or boost large-scale agricultural production.
We will not let labour of our fallen heroes be in vain- Osinbajo
As the nation marks the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has reiterated the need for Nigerians to, as a mark of honour for the sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces, show more commitment to the unity of the nation and the task of building a better society.
Prof. Osinbajo, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, stated this Sunday at the Interdenominational Church Service to mark the 2021 Armed Force Remembrance Day Celebration, held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.
According to the Vice President, “drawn from all across the country, these brave men and women of the Armed Forces have made our nation proud and their lives show us what it means to be patriots. Each one of them remind us of the timeless words of our national pledge: ‘to be faithful, loyal and honest, to serve Nigeria with all our strength, to defend her unity and uphold her honour and glory’.
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