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The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo (OAU), on Saturday, confirmed the death of one of her own due to poor academic performance.

The deceased, Opeyemi Dara, who was a final year student of the Faculty of Arts, Department of English Language, allegedly committed suicide after taking a suspected dose of lethal substance popularly known as “snipper”.

The News Agency of (NAN) learnt that she allegedly took her life following her poor academic performance, although the details of the incident were still sketchy.

Dara’s academic records obtained indicated that she had five outstanding courses and 12 Special Electives.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of OAU, Mr Abiodun Olanrewaju confirmed the incident and promised that the institution would investigate and make its findings public.

Olarewaju appealed to students not to contemplate committing suicide because of poor academic performance,

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“ We sympathise with the parents and guardian of the deceased known as Dara.

” We just want our students and young ones to know that depression is not a thing they should encourage, no matter the situation or circumstance they find themselves.

“ Some people in the past have passed through the same situation and circumstances and came out clean.

“Now, suicide can never be an option and people, especially the young ones who believe that taking their own lives is an act of gallantry should know that it is not.

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“We want to appeal to students, particularly OAU students to take things easy. Any child that fails; that is the university says you can rerun a course, you can resit a course.

“People out there also face challenges and when you are in , failure or repetition of a course or particular subject is also part of the challenges students must face.

“The university will get to the root of the incident and get back to the public,” Olarewaju said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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NUC begins assessment of universities ahead resumption

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) said it is collecting data from universities to assess their readiness for resumption of academic activities.

The commission also said efforts are ongoing to resolve the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) that threatens to further delay the resumption of academic activities in the universities.

The Executive Secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed. said this during a press conference on the contributions of Nigerian universities to the national response to COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday.

closed its tertiary institutions along with lower schools in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Adamu, who was represented at the event by the deputy executive secretary Academics, Suleiman Yusuf, said the Commission is working with universities to discuss preparation that should be in place before reopening.

According to him, universities not under ASUU watch can go back to classes once they have put the necessary guidelines in place.

“We gave a template to vice-chancellors of all universities requesting them to suggest to us what kind of protocols and strategies they are putting in place in the various institutions. We are collecting some of the responses which have already started coming in and at the end of the day the picture should emerge about the extent to which our universities are prepared to reopen for academic activities,” he said.

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ASUU commenced its warning strike on March 9 and declared an indefinite strike on March 23.

ASUU is embarking on the strike over the non-payment of salaries of their members who failed to enrol into the federal government’s IPPIS, a payroll software mandated for all public officials.

Contributions by universities

Mr Rasheed said over 32 universities in the country are involved in research aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the performance of the African Centres of Excellence has proved that world-class research and development work is possible in Nigeria.

“Particularly, the Centre for the Genomics of Infectious Diseases at the Redeemer’s , Ede in Sequencing SARS-CoV-2 virus, the collaborative development of vaccines with the of Cambridge and as a pioneer national testing and screening centre and the other ACES in ABU, BUK, UNILAG, UNIBEN, UNIPORT and UNIJOS that also served as national testing and screening centres have proved that world-class Research and Development work is possible in Nigeria,” he said.

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He said a compendium put together by the Commission showed Nigerian universities are making contributions to development.

”University of Jos which is leading in herbal and natural product development could do more if the federal government releases more funds to such institutions for research purposes.

“As in many other parts of the world, the pandemic has challenged our knowledge system, which has proved inadequate and insufficiently robust enough to respond to the challenges. Only a few institutions have been able to utilise the open and distance learning system to keep students engaged while the pandemic lasted and only few laboratories continued with research and development activities,” he said.

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Premium Times reported how the federal government in June advised tertiary institutions in Nigeria to put preventive measures against COVID-19 in place before they announce their re-opening.

The preventive measures include Installing hand-washing facilities, equipment for body temperature checks and others.

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Schools resumption: We are ready for students — NAPPS

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The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Amuwo Odofin Chapter, Lagos, says its members are ready for resumption of schools for students in exit classes.
NAPPS was reacting to the Federal Government’s directive that schools nationwide be reopened on Aug. 4 to give students in exit classes time to prepare for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) billed for Aug. 17.
The Chairperson of the Association, Mrs Ajoke Adeyemi, told the News Agency of (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that member schools have complied with all requirements for reopening.

Adeyemi, who is also the proprietor of Foresight Schools in FESTAC Town, said the schools had fumigated their premises thenselves as the local governments were not forthcoming in that direction.
She said: “We invited government approved fumigators and to the best of my knowledge, all schools under NAPPS, Amuwo Odofin have been fumigated.
“The Lagos State NAPPS said we should go round and inspect our schools and see whether they have complied in readiness for reopening, which we did last week Monday and Tuesday.
“We have put in place the infrared thermometers and the touch-less hand-washing and sanitising units provided by the association.
“We have provided soap, water and placed signages at strategic locations to reinforce the guidelines”.
Adeyemi added that sickbays had also been set up like in isolation centres in accordance with the guidelines for reopening of schools.
She said the arrangements made by schools was adequate to accommodate not only the senior students but the junior ones as well.
Speaking on the preparation of her , Adeyemi said students and staff had been directed to use face shields in addition to the face masks.
“We know it is not easy for children to put on their face masks for the eight hours they will stay in school.
“We considered the students that are asthmatic also. It might not augur well for those children to put on face mask for three to eight hours in the classroom.
“Even the teachers, we provided face shields for them to wear while teaching.
“It won’t be easy for them teaching with the face masks on. The children may not even hear them clearly,” she said.
Adeyemi noted that there would not be co-curricular activities such as sports or assembly for the safety of both students and staff.

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