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Lagos directs all public, private schools to resume on January 18

The Lagos State Government directed all public, private schools in the State to resume on January 18.

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The Lagos State Government has announced that all public and private schools below the tertiary level in the State should resume for the second term 2020/21 academic session from Monday, January 18, 2021.

This is coming a day after the state government had announced that all schools below tertiary level would remain closed indefinitely.

While making the disclosure on Monday, January 4, 2021, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, stated that the directive is in line with the Federal Government’s position to curtail the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the State.

The statement from Adefisayo partly reads, ‘’The Lagos State Government has announced that all public and private schools below the tertiary level in Lagos State should resume for the second term 2020/21 academic session from Monday, 18th of January, 2021.’

She enjoined all schools to comply with all the outlined COVID-19 requirements for resumption, saying that “The directive is not only for the improvement of the overall school operations but for the safe reopening of academic activities to support the Lagos State Government’s quest for a full return.’’

The Commissioner advised all schools to come up with flexible plans where students and teachers who feel sick can teach or learn from home through available online platforms, adding that schools should also strive to prevent any COVID-19 infection among all students and staff.

Mrs. Adefisayo, therefore, enjoined teachers, students and visitors to wear facemasks at all times, observe physical distancing, embrace regular handwashing with soap under running water and maintain a high standard of personal hygiene within the school premises.

What you should know

  • The Lagos State Government had yesterday, announced the indefinite closure of all public and private schools below tertiary level, who were scheduled to resume on January 4, 2021, due to the outbreak of the second wave of the coronavirus disease.
  • This is also coming 2 weeks after the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had directed the indefinite shutdown of all public and private schools, as part of the state’s public health directives to prepare the state for the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Federal Government had also asked the various state governments to strictly enforce the Covid-19 protocols as advised by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), due to increase in the number of confirmed cases across the country.

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LCCI tasks FG and DisCos to ensure smooth transition to new electricity pricing

Dr Yusuf emphasized that the government should ensure there is a smooth transitioning to the new tariff pricing regime.

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The DG, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr Muda Yusuf, has called on the FG and electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to adopt a strategic approach to the nation’s electricity pricing, so as to facilitate a smooth transition to new electricity pricing regime.

He made this appeal during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on 5 January 2021.

Reacting to the recent statement by the management of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) that there was no 50 per cent increase in electricity tariff as widely reported in some media, Dr Yusuf emphasized that the government should ensure there is a smooth transitioning to the new pricing regime, in order to minimise shocks and risk of pushback from the consumers.

The LCCI DG explained further that the commercial arguments for a hike might be strong, as there was need for the importance of reckoning with the economic, social and political ramifications of such price reviews.

Hence, in this regard, the Government needs to be strategic and gradual while implementing the transition framework to the new pricing regime. He advised that to facilitate a smooth transition, the contexts of the transition should have a moderate effect on price movement at this time, as electricity is a product of high social significance.

What they are saying

Dr Muda Yusuf, in his words, said:

  • “Context matters in policy conceptualisation and implementation, and we need to worry about social and economic contexts. These contexts should have a moderating effect on price movement at this time, especially for a product of high social significance. It is important to take these factors into account in order not to put the entire reform process at risk.”

What you should know

  • In October 2020, after series of backlash at the back of the increase in electricity tariff, the Federal Government and the organized Labour agreed to provide a tariff relief of N10.20 per kilowatt-hour for Nigerians for the next 3 months.
  • In line with the resolution made by the FG and Labour union, the immediate relief would be provided to citizens for a 2 to 3-month period (which will not exceed December 31, 2020), as this timeline would be used to conclude an extended scope of work for the Technical Committee.
  • However, in the recent statement made by the management of NERC, the Commission revealed that in compliance with the provisions of the EPSR Act and the nation’s tariff methodology for biannual minor review, the rates for service bands A, B, C, D and E have been adjusted by NGN2.00 to NGN4.00 per kWh to reflect the partial impact of inflation & movement in forex.
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Bank Customers condemn vilifying posts about FCMB on social media

BCAN has called for caution over the condemnation of FCMB MD following allegations of infidelity.

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The Bank Customers Association of Nigeria (BCAN) have detested the attempt by some social media commentators and publishers to disparage the image of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) in the face of the ongoing controversies over alleged extra-marital affairs of the bank’s Managing Director, Mr. Adam Nuru, describing the act of the commentators as unjustifiable.

The National President of the umbrella body of bank customers in Nigeria, Dr. Uju Ogubunka, in a chat with BRTNews.ng, condemned the ongoing efforts of some agents on social media platforms to denigrate the FCMB brand through photo-shopped posts that don’t represent the ideals the bank had been noted for over the years.

The chartered banker and former Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), while reacting to enquiries by correspondents on the alleged infidelity of the bank’s chief and raging calls for his sack and other issues relating to the saga, said most of the calls were not logical when analysed within the context of professionalism and implications for the financial system.

According to him, since the issues being raised remain just allegations, there is need for everyone to wait until investigations promised by the bank’s board on the matter are completed and the findings made known before passing judgment on the embattled Mr. Nuru.

This is, according to you, an allegation. No right-thinking person relies on allegations to take action. Perhaps, the exception is investigative action. As per the question on people calling the CBN to sack the MD, CBN is not the employer of the CEO. So, action, if there is any to be taken, is not for the CBN to take.

“Again on the denigrating postings by some Nigerians or commentators on social media about FCMB, I want to say it is not the business of bank customers to take position on issues that are said to be allegations. So, it will be honourable for BCAN members to ‘mind their business’.

Ogubunka stated that only investigations can show if the bank chief has breached any banking industry code of ethics, whereby necessary actions can be therefore taken. He advised that people should desist from tarnishing the image of the bank and that of the Managing Director.

The Nigerian banking industry has a Code of Ethics which can situate the issue when or if investigated and results show a breach of the ethical code. I suggest that premium should not be placed on the unverified and unconfirmed ‘allegation’. Science and technology have advanced so much that the determination of paternity can easily be ascertained.

“There is no need to tarnish or damage peoples’ and institutions’ names, based on allegations,” Ogubunka stressed.

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Lagos removes 200 shanties at Opebi to maintain planning standard, restore order

The Lagos State Government has evacuated over 200 shanties around the Opebi area of Ikeja to maintain planning standards.

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The Lagos State Government has announced the removal of over 200 shanties located on a property at 1, Kuku Street, Opebi, Ikeja, in a bid to protect the masterplan of the State and restore orderliness to the axis.

This disclosure was made by the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, in a reaction to the social media post by a Lagos Lawyer, M.O. Ubani, alleging complicity with the intent to grab the land.

Salako said that the property, rather than being developed in line with the Operative Development Plans of the State and the subsisting Approval Order of the area, had defaced the otherwise serene and organized neighbourhood with illegal mechanic workshops and over 200 shanties that were abodes to criminal elements terrorizing the area.

The commissioner stated that the demolition exercise was the aftermath of a petition to the Lagos State Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers and the approval of the Ministry of Justice.

He added that the exercise, carried out within the ambit of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019 (as amended) was purposeful and in response to the yearnings of the law-abiding residents of the area, who abhorred the nuisance and menace that the presence of the multitude of shanties and mechanic workshops had created for them over the years.

Salako reiterated that no effort would be spared in achieving the Greater Lagos vision, especially towards the achievement of an orderly, organized, livable and sustainable physical environment, in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda of State Government.

Salako said, “I am indeed elated by the fact that people in the neighbourhood have received the clearing of the menace positively with palpable happiness”.

“We believe that many well-meaning Lagosians are daily appreciating the impact of a well-planned physical environment on their socio-economic wellbeing and are rising in support of efforts to ensure that Planning is internalised by all.’’

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation had a few days ago, denied its involvement in a dispute relating to land at No 1 Folrunsho Kuku street, off Agbaoku, Opebi as contained in a social media post by Lagos lawyer, Monday Ubani.
  • While condemning the false claim, the state commissioner for transportation, Dr Oladeinde, pointed out that the ministry’s statutory role does not have anything to do with land matters but rather efficient traffic management and transportation in the state

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