FG makes fresh updates on school resumption, says it awaits data from PTF
The federal government on Thursday, August 13, gave an update on when all schools across the country would be fully reopened for academic activities.
PurpleWorld reports that the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said during the daily briefing on COVID-19 that once the PTF assesses all the data, it would inform Nigerians when it is safe to reopen schools.
The minister also noted that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is still on strike which was started before the lockdown in March.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said that presidents, prime ministers and other top personalities have contracted COVID-19.
The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, giving an update during PTF briefing on COVID-19.
He warned that people must protect themselves against the coronavirus pandemic, adding that people should not assume that their friends and families are COVID-free.
“Presidents, prime ministers and other top personalities have contracted COVID-19. We must protect ourselves. Don’t assume your friends, families are COVID-free; wear your masks before going out. We must remain alive and safe until a vaccine is found,” he said.
Meanwhile, PurpleWorld had previously reported that the resumption of students in graduating classes on Monday, August 10, after four months of COVID-19 lockdown was marked by a high turnout across the country as secondary schools reopened for return of classes.
It was reported that pupils and their teachers in both public and private schools in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state capital, complied with the COVID-19 safety protocols ahead of the commencement of the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Oluwatosin Ajayi, the headteacher of Ado-Ekiti Grammar School said about 205 pupils registered for WASSCE, while about 95 percent of the pupils had resumed.
In another report, the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika has disclosed that the Nigerian airspace would be opened to international flights in weeks.
Speaking on Thursday, August 6, at the joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sirika, stated that the aviation industry was making plans to reopen. The minister, however, did not give any specific date regarding the resumption of international flights.
He urged Nigerians to bear with the federal government over the closure of the international airports, pointing out that the continuous closure is not on purpose as it was done on health reasons.