NIN deadline stands, as NCC awaits govt’s advice / Afe Babalola advise FG against mass closure of schools
NIN deadline stands, as NCC awaits govt’s advice
The ongoing National Identity Number registration at the National Identity Management Commission ’ s office in River State was disrupted on Tuesday as some gunmen stormed the commission ’ s premises in Port Harcourt .
Though the mission of the men numbering seven and suspected to be cultists , was not known , eyewitnesses said they descended on one of the applicants , collected his mobile phone and collected money from others , as some applicants fled .
Our correspondent gathered that the armed men were invited by one of the young men in the queue after an argument with another NIN applicant .
One of the eyewitness , who declined to be named said, “ They were seven in all . Some of them were armed with guns . So they beat an applicant up , collected his phone and collected some money from other people .
Some of the NIN applicant said the police had not visited the area since the incident .
The Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday said it was awaiting the advice of the Federal Government as regards the deadline for the integration of Subscriber Identification Modules with valid
National Identity Numbers .
It also stated that the earlier announced deadlines were still in force despite the clamour for extension or outright suspension of the registration process .
Calls for deadline extension were mainly due to the large crowds that gather daily at the various offices of the National Identity Management Commission .
The Director , Public Affairs, NCC , Ikechukwu Adinde , told our correspondent in Abuja that no deadline extension had been approved .
He said, “ Right now , apart from the recent information that we made concerning the extension , no further update yet .
COVID-19: Mass closure of schools unconstitutional, disastrous – Afe Babalola
Afe Babalola, a senior lawyer and founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekitii State, Wednesday, advised the federal government against repeated or indefinite closure of Nigeria schools as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
While addressing a news conference in Ado Ekiti, Mr Babalola said waiting indefinitely for COVID-19 to go was dangerous as the pandemic might last for another one year globally.
He said mass closure of schools, especially universities, without consideration for schools known to be outstanding in the possession of best of facilities capable of putting the virus at bay was not good for intellectual growth and human capital development of the country.
He described such scenario as not only at variance with what obtained in the development world but also unconstitutional and disastrous.
Mr Babalola. was reacting to a statement credited to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that the January 18, earlier set by the federal government for schools resumption might be reviewed.
The National Association of Nigerian Students , on Wednesday , said students all over the country will fight against any postponement to the January 18 earlier date scheduled for the resumption of schools .
NANS President , Sunday Asefon , stated this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH.
According to him, the academic environment is more orderly and it makes it possible for the enforcement of all COVID - 19 protocols including social distancing , use of face masks , and regular handwashing .
He said the students ’ body had ordered its chapters in all tertiary institutions to set up COVID -19 task force teams to enforce all guidelines outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19 and ensure safe reopening of schools .
Asefon said , “ We want schools to resume on January 18 . Schools are regimented environments and people will follow COVID - 19 protocols more in schools than in their houses where there is no organisation . Schools are well - structured and lecturers will enforce social distancing and wearing of face masks in classes . It is strategic.
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