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  As Nigeria continues to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures, the federal government on Friday, October 2, 2020, ordered the resumption of schools in Nigeria. During a press briefing in Abuja on Friday, the Nigerian Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, urged all academic institutions in the country to strictly adhere to health protocols and safety guidelines announced by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. After announcing that all unity schools in Nigeria should reopen by October 12, 2020, the minister noted that state and private schools will determine their dates of resumption and set modalities in place.
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Commenting further, the minister stated that the declining rate of COVID-19 infection in the most populous black nation on earth was a major reason for the permission of schools to resume.
‘We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector including the Association of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, State Governors, Commissioners of Education and other development partners on the matter and secured their support and cooperation.’ Adamu Adamu
The minister did not also fail to note that schools that fail to comply with safety measures will be adequately sanctioned by the government as failure to comply might likely result in an outbreak of the virus in schools. Schools were equally advised to be strict, vigilant, and rigid with the implementation of safety protocols as Adamu emphasized on the fact that nothing should be taken for granted in the fight against the pandemic. He also laid emphasis on the need for water and sanitation facilities across schools in the federation.
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‘Safe distancing procedures should be regularly practised. Additionally, schools should develop and display simple context-specific reference protocols on the day to day actions to be operated in each school.’ Adamu
Nigerian states such as Oyo, Lagos, Enugu, and Kano, have since announced dates for reopening of schools in the territory. Ben Goong who is the spokesperson of the education minister, disclosed that the ministry has written officially to the National Universities Commission ( NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), in other to put efforts towards setting modalities in place and resume when they feel it is right Source: Premium Times NG
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This article was first published on 5th October 2020


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