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The University of Ilorin says its security operatives have arrested three suspected miscreants who have been terrorising the university community for some time now.

According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, the arrest was made on Feb. 22 after the University Security Patrol Team raided the hoodlums while operating in one of the lecture rooms of the university.

The publication stated that the miscreants had since been handed over to the police, NAN reports.

Reacting to the development, the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr Alex Akanmu, said that the University community has been witnessing cases of robbery by miscreants for some weeks now.

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“The miscreants have been coming through the back route of the University, especially at night, to attack students reading in the classrooms with the aim of stealing their belongings like phones, laptops and other valuables.

“The culprits were caught by the university security patrol team, stealing students’ property, barging into their lecture rooms with cutlasses to frighten them during their night classes.”

Akanmu assured the students of adequate security, adding that the gang members had been handed over to the police and that all the stolen property of the students had been recovered and returned the owners.

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He praised the university’s efforts in improving security measures to ensure that lives and properties of members of the university community were adequately protected.

Akanmu said that measures were in place, such as the Off-Campus Hostel Management System (OHMS), which made it possible for students staying off campus to call the Student Affairs Unit or Security Office in case of any emergency and regular patrol by the university security operatives.

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To be sure Covid-19 will be with us for a long time to come. Like Small Pox, Malaria, Influenza, flu, Leprosy and Cholera, it may not be completely exterminated from planet earth. That means that Nigerians have to manage Covid-19 pandemic the same way as the world has been managing previous pandemics. We must be ready at all times to abide by rules and guidelines issued by WHO.
The good news from England that its Scientists are on the verge of developing a vaccine to combat the pandemic notwithstanding, the vaccine may not be available until June next year. Even then, it certainly will not be available in sufficient quantity for the world next year.
From history, pandemics had been tackled over the ages by relying on social distancing which Nigeria has embraced and are practising. This has been applied to churches, mosques, weddings and many elections in Nigeria.
How to get Nigeria to participate in 2020 WASSCE
It is my firm belief that the future of these 1.5 million young Nigerians who have registered for WAEC should not be put in jeopardy. It is a well-known fact that all schools, colleges and tertiary institutions in the country are currently shut down. This affords the Federal Government the opportunity to use them for WAEC examination. What the government should do is to prepare the empty rooms for WAEC examination – fumigate the halls and the premises, use face mask, provide sanitizers and ensure that WHO rules are obeyed to the letter.The WAEC Law
The WAEC Law provides for a National Committee of WAEC in all the five countries. With that at the back of our minds, one would have expected that this matter should have been taken up by the National Committee of WAEC in Nigeria and the general body in Ghana before the declaration to withdrawal Nigeria from taking the examination.
Conclusion
One continues to wonder why the other four countries under the WAEC umbrella have not cancelled the WASSCE in their respective countries. Are the other four countries not affected by Covid-19? What steps have the other countries taken which would enable them to take WEAC examination which we cannot take? Why is Nigeria the only country out of five that is pulling out of the annual examination? Are we saying that other four countries do not appreciate the lives of their students? Why was the issue not turned over to the Nigeria body of WAEC or the general body of WAEC in Accra before the declaration of withdrawal to Nigeria? Did the Hon. Minister take into consideration the moral and legal implication of Nigeria as a signatory to WAEC laws or the effect of such unilateral declaration of withdrawal?
All that is required to take the WAEC examination is proper management, consultation and discussion instead of unilateral cancellation of annual international convention.
If the Federal Government insists that there would be no WASSCE this year, the students are not just losing one calendar year, but losing an integral part of their entire lives which is gone forever by such declaration. We should always remember that after all, “time is life and life is time”.
A year of idleness for 1.5 million people may breed frustration and promote criminality. The Federal Government should allow the WASSCE to take place in the empty spaces which are wasting away in our tertiary institutions, secondary schools and elementary school which can conveniently accommodate them with a lot of social distancing and due compliance with WHO rules.
Aare Afe Babalola ,(OFR), is the Founder & Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria .

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Review schools’ resumption guidelines, SDP state chairmen beg FG

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ABUJA–THE 36 states’ chairmen of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, have appealed to the federal government to review the guidelines it released Monday preparatory to schools’ resumption, saying it was too difficult for implementation.
The chairmen under the aegis of Forum of Social Democratic Party Chairmen, at a press conference in Abuja, Tuesday, also appealed to the government to rescind its decision suspending students who registered to write the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, from going ahead.
Delta State chairman of the party, Oke Idawene, who also doubled as chairman of the Forum, speaking on behalf of others, faulted the guidelines released by the federal government, insisting that the precautionary measures were too difficult for school authorities to abide by.

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Recall that part of the 52-page document said, “learners may arrive and depart at different times to avoid overcrowding; schools may reopen gradually (e.g., starting with particular grade levels).”
It added: “Schools may alternate attendance days per week, with learners at the secondary level (or equivalent) and above having fewer in-person classes.
“Learners can better manage independent learning (e.g., junior secondary school learners attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays while primary school learners attend classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). Learners may remain in one location “with teachers coming to them.”
But Mr. Idawene, said: “The guidelines they wrote are cumbersome. The simple thing is to get enough teachers to monitor the exercise.”
He added: “The “COVID-19 has come to stay. We cannot leave our children at home particularly the SS3, JSS 3, and Primary 6 students. The schools are big enough to accommodate these set of students for their exams so that the academic calendar of the Nigerian child will not be disrupted.
“If we can conduct elections in Ondo and Edo states, there is no way we cannot conduct exams. Our appeal is that government should hearken to the voice of wisdom.”
Commenting on the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states, respectively, he expressed optimism that SDP will emerge victoriously.
He said: “On Edo election, SDP will win. But Ondo is a walkover by the grace of God. We appeal to politicians to obey the rules and regulations so that peace will reign.”

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