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COVID-19: We Didn’t Approve January 18 Resumption For Schools-FG

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that it did not approve a January 18 resumption date for schools.

This is despite an order made on Thursday, January 14, for the resumption of all private and public schools across the country on January 18.

Speaking at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Monday, January 18, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the Federal Government did not agree with the states on the resumption date.

The minister, who noted that the PTF would monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, said schools’ resumption could be reviewed again.

He said: “We sat down, looked at the figures and we took the decision that schools should not open. Unfortunately, we have to state this because it is supposed to be a collective decision, but you must understand that the schools we’re talking about, the federal government has only about 100 out of thousands of schools.

“The schools are under the jurisdiction of states and just as the PTF was unanimous in saying that schools should not open, states were unanimous that schools should open.”

Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and PTF Chairman, also said the school resumption would be reviewed due to rising daily numbers of infections and the challenges of case management, especially the shortage of oxygen. He warned Nigerians to cooperate with the PTF to avoid the second lockdown in the country, adding that the pandemic is raging and that all tiers of government and citizens must keep their hands-on-deck.

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