COVID-19: Lagos, other states that approved reopening of schools

COVID-19: Lagos, other states that approved reopening of schools

With COVID-19 still sending ice into the spine of the country amid the scare of the second wave of the highly deadly virus, some states have chosen to announce and approve the full reopening of schools.

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It would be recalled that schools, both private-owned and government, were shut down by the states' government with the number of the coronavirus infection spiralling on daily basis.

Nigeria currently has 91,351 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 75,699 recoveries and 1,318 deaths after a hair-raising figure of 1204 new cases were reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, January 4.

COVID-19: Lagos, other states that approved reopening of schools
Some states including Lagos have announced the full reopening of schools for second term academic calendar. Photo Credit: Olukayode Jaiyeola
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Meanwhile, highlights six states that have approved the full reopening despite the daily rise in COVID-19 number.

1. Rivers state

All public and private nursery, primary and secondary schools in Rivers state have been directed to reopen on Monday, January 4.

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The directive was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, January 3, by Chido Adiele, the permanent secretary of the state's ministry of education.

Adiele said the reopening of the school was to meet the academic calendar published in August 2020.

Rivers has 3,602 total cases.

2. Lagos state

On Sunday, January 3, the Lagos government ordered that all schools in the state would remain closed till further notice due to the spread of the COVID-19.

But in a U-turn decision, the state announced the reopening for academics from Monday, January 18.

This was announced on Monday, January 4, by the state's commissioner of education, Folasade Adefisayo.

The epicentre of the virus, Lagos has 31,973 cases of the virus after NCDC announced 654 cases in the state on Monday.

3. Nasarawa state

The Nasarawa state government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Sule announced that schools will open on January 18.

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A statement signed by the commissioner for education, science and technology, Hajiya Fatu Jimaita Sabo made the disclosure.

4. Bauchi state

All schools, including higher institutions of learning, in Bauchi state, will reopen on January 18, instead of the earlier January 4 date according to the state's commissioner for education Dr Aliyu Tilde.

5. Ekiti state

The Ekiti state government through the commissioner for education, science and technology, Dr Bimpe Aderiye, said the announcement for schools to resume for second term academic activities on January 18 in the state still stands.

She made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

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6. Yobe state

Yobe state under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni has not officially announced but hinted at resumption on January 18 also, The Nation reports.

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The state committee on COVID-19 said it will announce its decision before the end of the week.

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