COVID-19: Yobe University Commences Production Of Face Masks

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria


Yobe State University has commenced the production of face masks for its staff, the neighbouring communities and for the Committee on COVID-19 in the state, as part of its social responsibility against the spread of coronavirus.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Mala Daura who displayed the products to Channels Television, said the face masks were locally produced by the Departments of Microbiology and Biological sciences.

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According to him, the locally made face masks are affordable and can be washed with detergents compared to the imported ones.

He explained that the university has the capacity to produce face masks that can go round the state if funds are made available to the university, especially now that the Federal Government has ordered for compulsory use.

The institution had earlier produced and distributed hand sanitizers to staff and some villages in Damaturu, the state capital.

Varsity Overturns Expulsion Of Student Over Hug

A female student hugs her male colleague. Credit: @ganobi


An Egyptian university has overturned its decision to expel a male student over hugging his female friend on campus, in an incident that sparked controversy in the conservative country.

The young man appeared in a video carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a woman and then hugging her, in what was meant to be a marriage proposal.

The footage was widely circulated online earlier this month and initially prompted the expulsion of both students from their respective universities.

But late Tuesday the Mansoura University in northern Egypt, where the video was shot, reversed its decision to exclude the male student for two years.

The student’s appeal against the expulsion included “his apology for the act committed, a pledge to not repeat it and to commit to the university’s values and ethics,” a university statement said.

It cited the student’s young age, concern for his future and his unfamiliarity with the university’s rules, deciding instead to ban him from taking the semester’s exams.

On Sunday he was interviewed by telephone by a prominent talk show host on channel MBC Masr and said that he had brought the flowers to propose to the woman.

“We were supposed to be engaged but after what happened her parents are refusing this completely,” said the young man, a first-year law student who was identified only by his first name Mahmoud.

A day later, Al-Azhar University in Cairo scrapped the expulsion decision against the young woman who appeared in the video.

The move followed the intervention in her favour of Egypt’s top Muslim cleric, Ahmed al-Tayeb, who is the institution’s grand imam.

Issuing a lesser penalty, the university said the female student would be prevented for taking the first half of her exams.

Al-Azhar is the most prestigious seat of Sunni Islamic learning in Egypt, a predominantly Muslim country which is largely conservative society.

Al-Azhar is touted as standing for Islamic moderation, but critics often accuse the institution of failing to modernise its teachings in order to counter extremism.


Iranian Students Demand Resignation Of Varsity Officials After Campus Crash

Iran on the map. Credit: Google Map


Hundreds of Iranian students held protests for a second day on Sunday, calling for university officials to resign over a bus crash that killed 10, state news agency IRNA said.

The demonstrating students reportedly carried photos of victims of Tuesday’s crash at a square leading to the university, in a rare display of dissent at Tehran’s Islamic Azad University.

They demanded the university’s chairman of the board of trustees Ali-Akbar Velayati resign, the sports and youth ministry’s news agency Borna reported.

The bus was carrying 30 students along a mountainous road within the university’s science and research campus in northwestern Tehran when it veered off the road and hit a concrete column.

Seven were killed instantly, state TV said, while an updated death toll of 10 was reported by the conservative Tasnim news agency the day after the crash.

The university initially blamed Tuesday’s crash on the driver having a stroke, which was later denied by the coroner’s office.

On social media, the public and students have pointed to the university’s aging bus fleet and poor maintenance.

Several mid-tier managers were fired in the wake of the accident and some arrested, the university told semi-official news agency ISNA on Wednesday.

Students have called for the university’s bus fleet to be replaced.

They want an emergency centre to be set up on-campus and for guard rails to be erected along the entire mountainous road where the accident happened.

Iran’s prosecutor general Mohammad-Jafar Montazeri visited the protesting students and called for calm.

He promised them he would follow up on the case personally and punish wrongdoers “if they were found guilty.”

Iran is the world’s seventh deadliest country per capita for road accidents, according to 2013 data — the latest available — published by the World Health Organisation.

Efforts to modernise Iran’s ageing and highly polluting vehicle fleet have been hampered by a lack of investment.

Foreign companies Peugeot and Renault were forced to withdraw this year due to the return of US sanctions.