COVID-19: At last, FG clears air when schools will resume
COVID-19: At last, FG clears air when schools will resume

The Federal Government announced on Tuesday that schools across the country will resume on 18 January 2021, but the Ministry of Education has issued a new directive amid COVID-19 pandemic.

9Jatalks notes that this was made known by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force.

Recall that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had indicated that the Federal Government would review the date set for the resumption of schools.

Speaking on a television programme, PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu said the minister did not say the date has been changed.

“As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date,” Aliyu said.

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“He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.

“So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, said travels, reopening of schools, businesses and religious centres have contributed to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

Mustapha stated this during the PTF media briefing in Abuja, on Monday.

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He said, “It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rising in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities, reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID-19 safety measures.”

“The full import of the fore-going is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions.”

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