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Meta, the parent company of Facebook, will require staffers to have received a COVID-19 booster shot; to be able to work from its US offices, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

 

Meta had already said that US office employees would have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they returned to the office; but beginning March 28th; they’ll also need proof of a booster vaccine, Meta spokesperson Tracy Clayton confirmed to The Verge.

 

The company is also delaying its full office reopening until March 28th; pushing back a return that had been previously set for the end of this month.

 

Not all Meta employees will have to return to the office on March 28th.

 

Those who want to come back can defer their return by three to five months; a policy that was first announced in December. The company is also letting staffers request to work remotely full time.

 

Employees will now have until March 14th to decide if they want to come back to the office; defer their return, or request full time remote work, Clayton said.

 

ALSO READ: Apple reportedly hires away Meta’s AR public relations head

 

 

The changes are being announced as COVID-19 case counts are surging across the US; forcing companies and organizations to shift their plans for in-person gatherings.

 

The rising cases caused many companies to pull their physical presences from this year’s CES; and the conference itself was closed a day early.

 

Last week, both the Grammy Awards and the Sundance Film Festival announced changes; the Grammys have been postponed due in part to concerns about the omicron variant; while Sundance canceled the in-person programming for its 2022 event.

 

Other big tech companies have also recently shifted their office reopening plans.

 

Apple indefinitely delayed its return to work in December, pushing back a previously-set February 1st reopening.

 

Google had planned to keep in-office work voluntary until today, January 10th; but the company pushed that back in December, saying it would wait until 2022 to make more return to office plans.

 

Microsoft gave up predicting an office reopening date in September, and Amazon announced in October; that it would let individual teams decide when they would return to offices.

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Alumni of Osun schools pump in N2Billion: Governor Oyetola

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By Dorcas Elusogbon/Ile-Ife

Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun said his administration has attracted over N2 billion in alumni contributions across the state since the review of education policy.

Oyetola, who was represented by Folorunso Oladoyin, Commissioner for Education, made the disclosure on Saturday at the 60th anniversary of St. John’s Grammar School, Ile-Ife.

The event was organised by the Old Students Association at the school playing ground.Some alumni of St. John’s Grammar School Ile-Ife

“Since the reform of education policy that we carried out, we have attracted over N2 billion intervention fund from old students across the state.

“We thank you for your quick intervention in the structural renewal of your school infrastructures.

“We are immensely grateful that you heeded our call for a partnership between the government and all stakeholders in the education sector to move education to the next level.

“Our vision is to deliver 21st-century education that will make our student to be globally competitive, we realise that the four legs on which education stands like a table must corporate and work together.

“I agree with the Lord bishop on the level of rot in public education, it has been cumulative over the years and the improvement will not be a sudden flight, it will be gradual steps.

” We have introduced policies that are impacting education which will attract public schools to the middle and upper class,” he said.

The Chairman of Organising Committee of the Anniversary, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said the association was not happy with the way the past administration practically destroyed education by centralising schools in Osun.

Adefaye, however, commended the governor for restoring the name, uniform and collaborated with stakeholders to transform the school.

In his benediction, Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Catholic Church, Lord Bishop John Oyejola, charged government to revamp public education for the sake of the common man since politicians no longer send their children to public schools.

”We went to public school and we had quality education. Today, those in government do not send their children to public schools, but missionary or private schools.

“It is unfortunate that the Europeans came and planned a good future for us, but we cannot replicate same for our children.

“We must rise for the youths. The building built by government are already dilapidated while those built by missionary still stand. We must learn to begin to do the right thing for the benefit of the youths,” he said.

Also, Sen. Babajide Omoworare, Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly (Senate) to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that SJOBA has set the pace by contributing to restore the lost glory of the school.

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Jonathan to deliver keynote speech at Bayelsa education summit

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President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to deliver a keynote address at the Bayelsa education summit scheduled to hold from February 7 to 10, 2022.

The state government said the three-day summit in Yenagoa, the state capital, with the theme, ‘Optimising the delivery, performance and sustainability of outcomes in the education sector of Bayelsa State,’ was aimed at repositioning the education sector.

The Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emelah, said it had become necessary for the state to shift its focus to technical and vocational education and training, science, technology, engineering and mathematics and other modern approaches at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

The shift in focus, according to the commissioner, would enable the state government to ensure the provision and sustenance of the quality of education that meets global standards.

Emelah further said, “We have contacted and received the acceptance of very important and knowledgeable persons, institutions and organisations to both speak, attend and share useful strategies with the state on the development of our education sector. Notably, Dr Goodluck Jonathan GCFR, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, shall present the keynote address.”

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Edo vigilantes arrests three for trafficking 28 victims from South-East to South-West

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A team of local vigilantes in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has rescued 28 victims of human trafficking.

The Coordinator of the state Community Vigilante Security Network, Oboh Otoide, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Benin City on Saturday. He said the victims, who were between the ages of 13 and 17, were rescued during a stop-and-search operation by his men.

Otoide stated, “The victims were rescued by our men around 2am on Tuesday along the Akpakpava Road in Benin City. Three suspects, including two drivers conveying the victims to their destinations, were arrested during the operation and handed over to the Department of State Services for further investigation.

“Our preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were being moved from the South-East, en route from Edo State, to the southwestern part of the country.”

Otoide said in another operation, officials of the group arrested a man, who was robbing residents of their personal belongings while pretending to be insane, adding, “The man, who identified himself as Olatunji, was arrested around the Baptist Church on Ring Road, Benin City, and has been handed over to the Nigeria Police Force. Among the items recovered from the suspects are ATM cards belonging to victims of his criminal acts.” He said the ESCVSN was working with other security agencies to secure the state.

The coordinator urged residents to report criminal activities to the group’s central base control room through 09153333340 and 09153333341.

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