- More efforts have been collectively channelled towards the safe reopening of schools nationwide
- Northwest states have met with the federal government to adopt the template for the safe return of students back to classes
- Minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said FG has fashioned out a perfect template that will ensure safe resumption nationwide
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The hope for the safe reopening of schools nationwide despite the current Covid-19 crisis was rekindled on Wednesday, September 23, as the representatives of the Ministry of Education met with all the seven governors from the northwest region.
The meeting, which was held in Kano state, was channelled towards the prompt adoption of the already developed federal government’s template for the safe reopening of schools.
Speaking during the meeting, minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the templates required full engagement of all stakeholders for successful implementation.
The minister further stated that the template of the federal government also shared some key roles and responsibilities for the stakeholders at the national, state, LGA and school levels.
Legit.ng gathers that the meeting was attended by some commissioners for education in the northwest states while Governor Umar Ganduje was represented by his deputy Nasir Gawuna.
Speaking after the meeting in a statement released by his chief press secretary Hassan Musa Fagge, the Kano deputy governor commended the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for putting various measures in place towards school reopening.
Gawuna said the Ganduje-led Kano government has also released N880 million for the renovation of some schools across the state.
He stated that as part of the reopening, the state government has also commenced the fumigation exercise and bought protective equipment for the teachers and students.
Gawuma also noted that the Kano government is extremely committed to the education sector of the state, further submitting that Governor Ganduje and his cabinet will work closely with the federal government to ensure that schools are safely reopened.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that managements and authorities of the Nigerian universities were told to finalise arrangements for the safe reopening of classrooms amid a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases recently.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) gave this directive in a memo addressed to the vice-chancellors of universities in Nigeria on Tuesday, September 22.
While addressing journalists in Abuja, Chris Maiyaki, director of the executive secretary office of NUC, said the resumption arrangements must be in line with the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
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