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Buhari appoints Ebonyi INEC Commissioner, Prof. Obioma as new NECO Registrar

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Godswill Obioma as the new National Examinations Council (NECO) Registrar and Chief Executive Officer.

The approval was contained in a letter dated 15th May 2020 with Reference No: FME/PS/396/C1/1/134.

It was signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

The letter noted that the appointment, for an initial tenure of five years, would take effect from 14th May 2020.

A statement by the Head of Information, Azeez Sani, said the Registrar officially took over the affairs of the Council from the former Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, on Friday

The handover ceremony was held at the NECO Headquarters in Minna.

Obioma is a Professor of Education Measurement and Evaluation.

He also served as Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council.

He was the Ebonyi State Resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) until the new appointment.

Professor Charles Uwakwe, the former NECO Registrar was sacked recently for financial misconduct.

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Nigeria Records 328 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Now 11,844

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Why Ghana Wants Ease Some Restrictions

Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases has now reached 11, 844 as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), announced 328 new cases on Friday.

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Lagos will soon run out of isolation centres – Commissioner

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The Lagos State Government has revealed that if the state continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, it will soon run out of isolation centers. It added that with the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state, only moderate to severe cases will be managed at the isolation centers while the asymptomatic and mild cases will be managed at home.

n a chat with journalists in the state on Friday, the Commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi insisted the modalities for the community based/home-based care will be defined as to who qualifies to be managed at home and who will be managed at the isolation facility. He noted that if Lagos continues to record over 200 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis, the State will soon run out of isolation centers.

Hence, the need for introducing the home-based care within a week or two. He said the community/home-based management will be introduced to Lagos to reserve the isolation center for the critically ill.

“We will be operating from the primary healthcare centers (PHCs) and that is where we will decide who qualifies to be managed at home or at isolation center. “Part of the condition for being managed at home will be; is the home adequate? “Is the person feeling unwell or having pre-existing medical condition or having difficulty breathing? “The answers to these and more will determine where the person will be treated for COVID-19” The Commissioner stated that though there are plans to recruit more manpower, there are volunteers who are being trained at the moment and will be deployed for the home care management within a week or two. “For the mild/asymptomatic cases who will be managed at home, we will call them, our volunteers/PHC workers deployed for that purpose will visit them, we will ensure they have regular consultation through our telemedicine online care, and we will monitor their progress too. “At the same time, they will be given care packs and medications which includes pain killers and vitamins. “We will also give enough information to the masses on their safety as well as that of their families and neighbors during the home management period.” The health Commissioner further disclosed that there are plans by the state government to increase the capacity of daily test from 1,000 to 3,000 daily He said Lagos has so far done over 22,000 tests, adding that, the more tests are done, the more cases will be recorded, hence the need to quickly plan for more cases.

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