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Nigerian Government Clarifies Rumours on Resumption

The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed plans on reopening schools nationwide as contained in the roadmap for easing restrictions put in place as a result of COVID-19.

Recall that the Federal Government asked all schools in the country, to suspend academic activities indefinitely, from March 26, 2020. This closure was a proactive step in preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

However, during the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 news conference held on Thursday the 21st of May, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, was forced to address rumours on the country reopening schools on the 8th of June.

Speaking to the media, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has confirmed that schools will be opened soon, but not in two weeks.

“We all are seriously interested in reopening and I believe we will reopen soon. But I can’t confirm what your children said that we will reopen in two weeks.”

“The issue around reopening has nothing to do with the availability of the schools or not. It has to do with national governance. The idea of shutting down the schools has nothing to do with the schools.

“You heard the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the SGF, keep saying it is a national response. It is a single national response and everything we do flows from that.

“When they determine, I’m sure you have seen all the experts here, that there is the measure of safety to which we can expose our children, we will gladly do that. We are watching and we are working with all bodies within and outside the country.”

“The five countries of West African Examination Council (WAEC) are meeting and I just came out of a meeting with African Union (AU) Ministers of Education, everybody is concerned as you are. We hope to reopen very soon,” he explained.

Furthermore, he stated that efforts are already in place to aid resumption.

“This morning, I met with the Ministry of Science and Technology. We are looking at putting a system in place that can disinfect every child as he goes into a school and disinfects him as he goes out.”

“If we resource our schools properly we can begin to reopen. But we must be able to ensure that the children go in safe and come out safe and not become a conduit for further infection in society.”

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