- The presidential task force on COVID-19 has raised concerns over the reopening of schools amid the pandemic
- The national incident manager of the taskforce, Mukhtar Muhammed urged schools to strictly abide by the COVI-19 guidelines
- The task force on a daily basis notifies Nigerians about rising cases of the disease
The Nigerian government said schools across the country may be shut again if COVID-19 positive cases continue to rise.
The presidential task force on COVID-19 made the statement in a video posted on its Twitter handle on Monday, February 1.
In the video, the national incident manager of the taskforce, Mukhtar Muhammed said:
“Now, the PTF is watching this very closely, we are monitoring what is going on and if we find out that cases continue to rise in the country and we start to have incidences in schools, certainly, we will have the schools closed.’’
Muhammed stated that the reopening of schools across the country should have been delayed till a later date.
He, however, stated that the task force is monitoring academic institutions across the country to ensure that they all comply with the COVID-19 safety measures.
Meanwhile, the federal government has classified Kogi as a high-risk state for COVID-19 because of its failure to acknowledge the existence of the disease, report tests or build isolation centres.
The PTF on COVID-19 announced the classification on Monday, February 1, and warned Nigerians to beware of visiting the state.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has consistently dismissed the existence of COVID-19 in Nigeria sparking outrage among health professionals and many Nigerians.
In another report, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, the lawmaker representing Ukwa East and Ukwa West federal constituency of Abia state, has raised allegations of corruption regarding COVID-19 funds.
Channels TV reports that the lawmaker claimed that funds earmarked to address the coronavirus pandemic are being misappropriated.
Legit.ng notes that Nkem-Abonta made the allegation amid the House of Representative's commencement of a probe into how N83.9 billion appropriated for the response to COVID-19 in the 2020 Appropriation Act was spent.