- The House of Representatives has said all schools in Nigeria to be fumigated before they are reopened
- The legislators made the statement in a letter to the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu
- The lawmakers stated that the students across the country should be made aware of the dangers posed by COVID-19
The House of Representatives has said all schools in Nigeria whether public or private should be fumigated before they are reopened.
The legislators made the statement in a letter to the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, by its committee on education, The Nation reports.
The House said students in the country should be made aware of the dangers posed by COVID-19 and possible ways of protecting themselves from being infected.
The lawmakers also urged the minister to reach students in rural areas with online teaching which was recently introduced to keep the students busy.
The management of schools across the country were asked by the lawmakers to promote sanitary measures such as the washing of hands and good hygiene.
Meanwhile, the federal government has disclosed that schools nationwide will soon be opened without giving any particular date when the reopening of schools will take place.
The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the disclosure on Thursday, May 21, during the briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19.
He, however, said that the reopening of schools will not be done in two weeks as being speculated in some quarters.
The minister stated that the schools would be reopened when the safety of the school children could be guaranteed.
He noted that the government was being careful not to endanger the lives of the school children.
In another news report, the federal government has dismissed claims by critics who described the plan to feed school children at home as a scam.
The minister of disaster management, humanitarian affairs and social development, Umar Farouq, on Thursday, May 21, defended the federal government’s decision to spend N679 million on the programme.
Speaking in Lagos at the lunch of the feeding programme, the minister gave two cogent reasons why the feeding school children cannot be described as a scam.
One of the reasons was that the initiative was recognised internationally. She said 16 other countries are still feeding children despite the closure of schools.
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