The Federal Government has said it is considering reopening schools in the country after lifting the ban it imposed on interstate movement to control the Covid-19 pandemic. The government also released the report of its fact-finding committee sent to Kano state in the wake of mysterious deaths at a time it was battling to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
This was as the federal government said it was pursuing precision actions in 20 local government areas which currently bear a 60 percent burden of the Pandemic. While it said it has begun offering psychological support to families of patients, the government added that Nigerians who would be evacuated from the diaspora would now have to arrange for their own accommodation or self-isolate in their homes. The federal government equally faulted states in the Southeast for not testing enough for Covid-19, saying out of the nearly 80,000 tests conducted so far, only about 1, 625 persons have been tested in the region. On its part, the World Health Organization WHO has expressed concerns over the impact of Covid-19 on the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.
Reopening schools Minister of State Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba who dismissed social media reports regarding when schools would be reopened said the government would only do that when medical experts give the nod to so do. Nwajiuba disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19. He said; “You heard about neighbouring countries that reopened and shut down again. You have heard about numbers spiking as a result of reopening the schools. Of all the things I would like to do, I wouldn’t want to experiment with your children.
What we are planning is to actually bring in those exit years first as soon as those who are in charge of the blockade lift it because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers cannot come. So, we are looking at somewhere after when this interstate lockdown is lifted because we need to have that kind of openness for even the children to move”, he said.