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NOA Takes COVID-19 Sensitisation Campaign to FCT Schools



National Orientation Agency, NOA

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Wednesday embarked on sensitisation and compliance assessment of COVID-19 protocols for schools in FCT and Nasarawa State.

Some of the schools visited are Government Secondary School (GSS) Mararaba, Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Primary School, Mararaba, Gurku, Karu L.


Others are Government Day Secondary School (GDSS), Aso Pada, Karu L.

A, Local Education Authority Primary School, Nyanya, Government Secondary School (GSS), Nyanya and others.

Speaking at the event, the Director General of NOA, Mr. Garba Abari said the agency embarked on the visit to schools to monitor the level of COVID- 19 compliance and sensitise them on dangers inherent in deviance to the adherence directives.

He said that the agency would continue to emphasise on hygiene, social distancing and wearing of facemasks.

“It is always to emphasise on good sanitation because they are children and that way, we minimise the spread of the virus.

“If we observe the protocols and when the children see it, they will adhere to it,” he said.

Abari urged the students to always take responsibility by wearing their facemasks and wash their hands to avoid spread of COVID-19.

“If you don’t want to give your parents and loved ones Coronavirus, always wash your hand, wear your facemask and maintain social distancing,” he advised.

He observed that there were no adequate social distancing in the schools visited in Nasarawa state due to the sizes of the classrooms.

“The way the schools are built cannot guarantee adequate social distancing due to the large number of students.

“We require additional classrooms or they take chairs outside to accommodate them conveniently,” he added.

Speaking also, the Director NOA, Nasarawa State, Dr Priscilla Gondo Aluor said the agency is doing its best to ensure maximum compliance in the state.

She stressed that similar sensitisation programmes are going on in all the L.G.A in the state to sensitise people and schools to control community transmission.

Responding, the Headmaster, LEA, Nyanya, Mr Sam Apollos, said that safety protocols are in place to curtail the spread of the virus in school.

“Right from the gate, you will see that measures are in place and we have isolation centre here, but unfortunately, there is no case of the outbreak.

“Every morning, we are at the gate to ensure that every pupil here enters the school with facemask and we send anyone who fails to come to school with it,” he said.

A Senior Secondary School (SSS 3) student from GDSS, Aso Pada, Maria Ugwu, said she found it uncomfortable to wear facemask but managed to wear due to the virus.

“A lot of students complain of wearing of facemask because once you wear it, the mode of breathing becomes difficult,” she said.

Ugwu also said that the impact of Coronavirus affected her academically as the mock exam she was preparing to write was postponed.

“Even the WAEC registration that ought to have commenced last September was postponed and I don’t know if it will start at the appropriate time,” she added. (NAN)


NECO Reschedules 2024 Common Entrance Exam into Unity Colleges




The National Examinations Council (NECO) has re-scheduled the 2024 National Common Entrance Examination into Federal Unity Colleges and the entrance examination into Federal Government Academy, Suleja.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday by Azeez Sani, acting Director, Information and Digital Communication of the council.

Sani stated that the common entrance examination earlier scheduled for April 20, 2024, would now hold on June 1, 2024.

He also said that the entrance examination for Gifted and Talented Children into Federal Government Academy, Suleja, earlier scheduled to hold on  May 4,
2024 would now hold on May 25, 2024.

He added that the rescheduling of the two examinations was due to low enrollment of candidates.

He enjoined candidates, parents, guardians, schools and relevant stakeholders to take note of the new dates.

Sani said that registration of candidates would continue till the new dates of the examinations. (NAN)

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Six Nigerian Universities to Benefit from EU’s €27m  Funding 




By Eddy Ochigbo

No fewer than six Nigerian Universities have been selected to benefit from the 15 Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme Projects funded by the European Union (EU) with €27 million under the flagship Youth Mobility for Africa.

Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs.

Didi Walson-Jack, who signed the agreement at the Global Gateway High-Level Event on Education in Brussels, said Nigeria would also benefit from the regional Team Europe Initiative on Opportunity-driven Skills, Vocational Education and Training in Africa

Under the initiative, the European Union would spend €27 million, allocating €1.

8 million to each of the Projects in the education and healthcare sectors in Africa.

These Projects, which are to be facilitated by various Universities, aim to enhance learning mobility opportunities for Students, Trainees, and Staff across the Continent, focusing on developing high-level green and digital skills.

The participating Universities include the University of Lagos, the University of Port-Harcourt, Ebonyi State University, the Federal University of Technology, and the University of Nigeria.

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UTME: Police, JAMB Warn Candidates Against Patronising Fake Websitess




The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the police have warned candidates preparing for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) against patronising fake websites.

The two bodies gave the warning at a joint news conference in Abuja on Saturday.

The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said there were several fake websites created by unscrupulous individuals with the intention of misleading candidates.

He urged candidates to be wary of their tactics, saying the fake web sites were designed to deceive innocent candidates into providing personal details such as registration numbers, email addresses, and phone numbers.

“Both JAMB and the Nigeria Police Force condemn these fraudulent activities and hereby reiterate the readiness to safeguard the interests of candidates and maintain the integrity of the examination process.

“We urge parents, guardians, and all stakeholders to ensure that candidates print their UTME Notification Slips only from the Board’s approved website:

“Candidates can print their slips from the comfort of their homes or visit any of the over 700 accredited Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide,” he said.

Adejobi explained that the force was familiar with the tactics employed by fraudsters, especially during the annual assessment and admission exercises.

He, therefore, said that both organisations was actively sensitising candidates and the public about these deceptive practices.

“Any candidate who visits these fake sites will definitely have unreliable information and thereby miss out in the forthcoming exams.

“Candidates are advised to print their UTME Notification Slips before Friday, 19th April, 2024, to access vital information about their examinations.

“Any website other than offering UTME slip printing services is fake and designed to defraud candidates,” he said.

He also called on candidates to beware of web sites offering ‘live’ questions and answers, as they were false and deceptive, saying that accessing such materials was prohibited.

He further said the board was partnering with the Nigeria Police Force National Cyber Crime Centre (NPF-NCCC) to address online scam-related issues seamlessly.

He assured candidates and the public of the force firm dedication to ensuring a fair and transparent examination process.

He also stressed that the Inspector General of Police had ordered the NPF-NCCC to go after scammers and fraudsters who engage in cyber related crimes and create phishing sites/portals.

On his part, the JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin, pledged the Board’s commitment to continue in playing its role

He, therefore, urged candidates to ignore any unsolicited messages noting that they were from elements who aim at defrauding candidates.

The 2024 UTME is scheduled to commence on Friday, April 19, and end on April 29. (NAN)

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