It is not safe - FG warns states against reopening of schools

It is not safe - FG warns states against reopening of schools

- The federal government has reacted to reports that some states are examining the decision to reopen schools

- Boss Mustapha, chairman COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF), has warned state governments against reopening schools

- Mustapha appealed to the state governments, insisting that is it still not safe to allow schools open

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Following the call for children to be allowed to resume, the federal government has issued a stern warning to state governments, insisting that reopening schools is still not safe, Leadership reports.

This was revealed by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF), during the daily briefing in Abuja.

The SGF went on to note that caution should be exercised in regards to reopening schools, adding that the task force guidelines should be put together while considering such a decision.

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He said: “We have received reports that some states are contemplating the reopening of schools, television viewing centres, sports stadium and other places where large gatherings could take place.

It is not safe - FG warns states against reopening of schools
Boss Mustapha, chairman COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) during a daily briefing
Source: UGC

“The PTF re-emphasizes that it is not yet safe to do so and that utmost caution should be exercised. The PTF guideline should still be complied with while considering the decision of this nature.”

Mustapha while appealing to state governments to pay close attention to places of large gatherings and embark on wider community testing, urged that rules on social distancing should be enforced.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the federal government has again said that parents and school children would have to wait a little more, insisting that the schools remain shut for now.

The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made this known on Monday, June 8, at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 news briefing.

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He described as fake news timetables purportedly released from the Ministry of Education on the conduct of West African Examination Council Examinations (WAEC) being circulated on the social media.

In other news, the Nigerian government said the Ministry of Education will collaborate with the PTF on COVID-19 to work out a plan for the resumption of schools across the country.

The task force made the disclosure on Thursday, June 11, during a hearing held by the House of Representatives adhoc committee on COVID-19.

Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the PTF told the lawmakers that the plan may allow students who are to write examinations to be allowed so that the next academic session would not be disrupted.

He explained that the reopening of schools was being delayed to protect vulnerable Nigerians from contracting the virus.

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