The Nigeria Union of Teachers on Thursday cautioned the Federal Government against the January 18 resumption date for schools across the country.
The NUT Secretary-General, Dr. Mike Ike-Ene, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, said there was no need to hurriedly resume if the rate of COVID-19 infection kept increasing.
Ike-Ene stated that if coronavirus infection was increasing, teachers would stay at home.
Recalled that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had on December 17 said the country had entered COVID-19 second wave.
On December 21, the PTF, at its press briefing, said the Federal Government had ordered all schools to remain shut until January 18 as part of the efforts to battle COVID-19 second wave.
Ike-Ene in the interview with The PUNCH explained that it was important to critically study the infection rate as schools awaited the January 18th resumption date given by the Federal Government.
He stated, “I am someone who believes in life and it is when there is a life that you can have a proposal. The number we are having shows that this (second wave) is more horrible. If the PTF and the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) are able to tell us about the new discoveries, then we can decide if we should stay at home or resume.
“As for all the COVID-19 protocols, our teachers have been practicing them in our schools. That was why WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination) was held. If they feel this one is more rapid in terms of new infections, it means that teachers will stay at home.
“The Federal Government has said resumption is January 18. Let’s watch out, if by 18th (of January), it keeps increasing, then one will advise that the students should tarry. Let them remain at home. There is no point rushing and risking lives.
“There is no point rushing, although our students have wasted time, I think our students; especially the undergraduates, are in a hurry to go back to school. If the number keeps increasing the way it is, it means we may take some few weeks to look at it properly.”
He also advised that teachers and students should be the first set of people to be considered for the coronavirus vaccines when they arrive in the country.
Ike-Ene said these people were vulnerable and it was important to protect them as they constituted the present and future of Nigeria.
President Tests Positive After Taking COVID-19 Jab
President Has Tested Positive After Taking COVID-19 Jab.
healthforcast reports that the president of Argentina Alberto Fernandez who has been vaccinated against COVID-19, on Friday announced that he has tested positive for the virus.
“At the end of today, after presenting a fever of 37.3 and a slight headache, I performed an antigen test, which was positive,” he tweeted, adding he was waiting for the results of a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis.
Fernandez, who marked his 62 birthday on Friday was in isolation as a precaution but said he was “physically well.”
“Although I would have liked to end my birthday without this news, I am also in good spirits,” he said.
The Argentina President was vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and had his second shot on February 11, sources in the presidency told AFP.
Argentina is facing a second wave of coronavirus with a sustained rise in cases.
The South American country of 44 million inhabitants has recorded more than 2.3 million infections and over 55,000 deaths from Covid-19.
President Muhammadu Buhari Flown Abroad For Medical Treatment
President Muhammadu Buhari has been flown to London, the United Kingdom for a routine medical check-up.
This online news platform understands that PresidentBuhari met with Security Chiefs first before he embarked on the journey.
PMB is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021, this was disclosed in a statement issued by the Senior Special Adviser to the PMB on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Real Cause Of Boxing Legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler Death Exposed
The Genius Media Nigeria gathered that his wife, Kay Hagler who announced his passing on Facebook said he died unexpectedly at their home in New Hampshire.
“Today, unfortunately, I lost my beloved husband, Marvelous Marvin.
“He passed away unexpectedly at our home here in New Hampshire.
“This is a trying time for our family and we would appreciate all the privacy we can get.
“I miss him already and do hope he is in a better place,” she said.
Also, former world featherweight champion, Barry McGuigan in a tribute to Hagler said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” to hear of his sudden demise.
“I’m honored to have spent some amazing times with him.
“My heartfelt sympathies to his wife Kay and his family. Rest in Peace Champ,” he said.
Before his death, Hagler dominated the middleweight division from 1979 until his controversial defeat by Sugar Ray Leonard in April 1987.
He made 12 successful title defenses and famously won the classic fight known as ‘The War’, when he beat Thomas ‘Hit Man’ Hearns in April 1985.
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