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EDUCATIONBREAKING: Osun reopen schools, releases schedules for 2020/2021 academic session

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EDUCATIONBREAKING: Osun reopen schools, releases schedules for 2020/2021 academic sessionPublished on August 31, 2020 By Sikiru Obarayese





The Osun State Government has announced new schedules for the reopening of schools in the state.

Consequently, the state government also announced September 21, 2020 as the date for resumption of schools.

All schools in the state would resume in phases with effect from September 21 for an abridged third term of the 2019/2020 academic session.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, made these known on Monday after the weekly’s State Executive Council meeting

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We’ll pursue expansion policies to fight recession – CBN

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria , Mr Godwin Emefiele, has said the bank will pursue expansionary monetary policies to fight recession because the fiscal policy was already constrained .
Emefiele said this was necessary to curb the rising inflation and address recession in the economy .
He said this was part of the resolutions of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting held last week.
He said , “ The committee was therefore of the view that to abate the pressure, it had no choice but to pursue an expansionary monetary policy using development finance policy tools , targeted at raising output and aggregate supply to moderate the rate of inflation .
“ At present , fiscal policy is constrained and so cannot , on its own, lift the economy out of contraction or recession, given the paucity of funds arising from weak revenue base , current low crude oil prices , lack of fiscal buffers and high burden of debt services .
“ Therefore , monetary policy must continue to provide massive support through its development finance activities to achieve growth in the Nigerian economy . ”
He said the MPC was confronted by policy dilemma .
He said though the MPC felt the primacy of its price and monetary stability mandate , it nevertheless was confronted with what policy direction to focus on, given the contraction in output growth during the second quarter of 2020.
According to Emefiele, the Q 2 contraction may lead to a recession, if the third quarter of 2020 output growth numbers further show a contraction .
“ It is , therefore , of the view that , if a recession occurs in Q3 , the committee would be confronted with proposing policy options in a period of stagflation , ” he said .
The CBN governor said this was because with the recent removal of subsidy on fuel price , the increase in energy prices , and the adjustment of the exchange rate, inflationary pressure would no doubt persist unless MPC considers options that would deal with the pressure aggressively .
He said this was the reason the MPC would continue to play a dominant role in the achievement of the goals of the Economic Sustainability Programme through its interventionist role to navigate the country towards a direction that would boost output growth and moderate the level of inflation .
Emefiele said given that the currency adjustment was a causal factor in determining the price of petroleum products and energy prices, the MPC believed that the CBN management must take bold actions to stabilise the exchange rate.
He said the CBN was further enjoined by the MPC to continue to provide funding to sectors that would resolve the supply constraints in petrol pricing , energy pricing and food availability.

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Why we dropped Uzoho, Akpeyi for friendlies – Agu

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Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu says Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi ’ s inactivity and the gradual return of Francis Uzoho from injury was the major reason why the three goalkeepers were left out of the 25 -man squad for next month ’ s clash against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria .
Eagles coach , Gernot Rohr , called up Dele Alampasu, Mattew Yakubu and Sparta Rotterdam ’ s Maduka Okoye in their places.
The dropped keepers were part of the Eagles ’ squad to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations , where the team finished third .
Akpeyi has been out of action since he was stretchered off in Kaizer Chiefs ’ ABSA Premier League clash against Bidvest after a nasty collision .
The injury ruled out the 33 – year – old for three weeks before the Eagles squad list was announced, while Uzoho, who copped an anterior cruciate ligament last October , is yet to make an official appearance for APOEL Nicosia since he joined the club .
Ezenwa on his part , has been inactive over six months after the Nigeria Professional Football League was suspended and later called off due to COVID – 19 .
“ In Europe , there have been competitions and games going on, while the NPFL is yet to commence due to coronavirus , Agu.
“ Same with the Premier Soccer League in South Africa where Daniel Akpeyi plays , the league just ended .
“ Uzoho as well is just returning to full fitness after a long injury lay off and we are watching him . He still needs some time to get back into shape and we are watching him .
“ Definitely , he is still part of the team .
“ Alampasu and Yakub have been active for their respective teams and that earned them places in the team. ”

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Implement 8th Senate resolution on killings, Marafa urges Buhari

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images 2020 09 28T102308.283 Implement 8th Senate resolution on killings, Marafa urges Buhari

Senator Kabir Marafa has urged the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , to implement the eighth Senate resolution on the bandits ’ killings in Zamfara State to curtail the spillover to neighbouring Katsina and Sokoto.
Marafa , who represented Zamfara Central in the eighth Senate , urged the Federal Government to extend a “ small fraction ” of what was being done in the North – East to Zamfara State.
“ The resolution was passed towards the end of the 8th National Assembly , where we called on the Federal Government to extend a small fraction of what has been done in North – East in Zamfara , by constituting a Presidential Initiative Committee on Zamfara State, give the Committee seed money of N 10 billion and the same amount to be given every year for 10 years to assist the situation on the ground ,” he said .
The former lawmaker stated this while addressing newsmen shortly after he gave out 13 female orphans and his daughter for marriage in Kaduna on Saturday.
The 13 female orphans , according to the former lawmaker , lost their parents to bandits attacks in Zamfara State.
According to him , between 2011 and 2019 , there are over 40 ,000 orphans whose parents were killed by bandits in Zamfara.
“ So , I am calling on Mr President as the father of the nation to look at that Senate resolution of 2019 and implement it because that is the only way we can curtail the spillover we are now seeing in Katsina , Sokoto and other places .
“ When people are hungry and somebody gives them a N100 ,000 and AK 47 rifle , they will follow the person, but if these orphans are properly catered for and trusted persons are appointed to manage the resources , we can tame the monster called banditry to the barest minimum, ”
he said .

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