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NBA cautions Makinde on reopening schools



OYO State chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association, {NBA) has cautioned the State Governor, Seyi  Makinde on his decision to reopen schools and urged him to wait until there is sufficient scientific evidence that positively indicates the safety and well-being of pupils, students, and teachers.

  Governor Makinde directed Primary six, JSS3 and SS3 students to resume school on Monday, June 29,

  A statement jointly signed by the state NMA chairman and secretary, Oluwole Akintayo and Akeem Okelola respectively indicated that the children’s safety should be the best interest of a government.

  The statement stated that only children who are alive and in sound health can sit and pass examinations, adding that, “It is only through these healthy children the investment of government and parents and guardians will not be wasted.

  “While it is desirable that our children, particularly those in the final classes of their present programme, prepare adequately for the state and external examinations they are to write in the nearest future, the immediate concern of Government and all stakeholders should be to secure the constitutional right of our children to live as well as their rights to survival and development and to enjoy the best attainable state of physical, mental and spiritual health guaranteed by the Child’s Right Law of Oyo State, other relevant national laws and norms contained in regional and international instruments.”

  COVID-19 USAID to upgrade of emergency centres with. $1.1 Million

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that it has programmed $1.1 million to upgrade and expand the capacity of the nine Emergency Operations Centre (EOCs) for COVID-19 response in Nigeria, in line with priorities set by Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

  The U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, disclosed this when he joined the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, to virtually commission an EOC for the state, which she said has been equipped with support of the American people to track and control the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

  In a statement issued on Tuesday by the US Mission in Abuja, the Ambassador added that Cross River is the first of nine states to receive the EOC upgrades.

  Leonard said: “In line with priorities set by Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programmed $1.1 million (₦427 million) to upgrade and expand the capacity of the nine EOCs to strengthen the COVID-19 response in Nigeria.

  “The upgraded centres are now equipped as operational digital situation and communication rooms that power and coordinate the state Covid response and other disease outbreaks, utilising data integration, warehousing, and visualization to provide state officials transparent and real-time information on COVID-19.

  “With the commissioning of these EOCs, Nigeria can better coordinate the COVID-19 outbreak response and surveillance activities, as well as any other emergent disease outbreaks or disasters. They will help turn the tide of the pandemic within their states, ultimately the nation, and flatten the COVID-19 curve.”

  The upgrades, she said, have helped seamlessly and creatively transform previous investments and experiences to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 response by leveraging the existing PEPFAR, tuberculosis and other health investments.

  The ambassador noted that over the last two decades, the United States has invested more than $8 billion in the Nigerian health sector.

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