COVID-19: FG okays schools reopening, warns against outbreak

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Federal Government has directed all the 104 Unity Colleges across the country to reopen on Oct. 12, while warned schools not complying with the guidelines of COVID-19 and should there be any outbreak, risk closure of such schools.Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made the announcement during a news conference on Friday in Abuja, he urged states and private schools to fix their resumption date in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

Adamu explained that the COVID-19 curve has been flattened but warned  that any schools that failed to comply with the guidelines of the pandemic and should there be any outbreak, risk closure of the schools.”Consequently, after due consultation with the Presidential Committee on COVID-19, we have decided that at our 104 Unity Colleges should reopen on the 12th of October 12th, 2020. State and Private School owners will work out the modalities for the re-opening of schools under their purview”, he said.

The Minister however urged School owners to ensure social distancing procedures, develop and display at schools and conduct risk assessment with a view to understanding the gaps in the system. “I strongly urge school owners to put in place systems that meet the following: safe distancing procedures, develop and display at schools simple context-specific reference protocols on day-to-day actions to be operated in each school.”

Conduct risk assessment with a view to understanding the gaps in the system that can increase the risk of transmission and make recommendations for addressing the gaps. Safety and hygiene in all stages and phases of the school reopening process which promote behaviours that reduced spread”, he said.

It was reported that the Federal Government ordered the closure of all schools across the country on the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.”Having taken that painful but necessary decision, government has not rested on its oars in the areas of consultation with stakeholders, putting together guidelines for reopening of schools and preparations required of school owners to reopen”, Adamu said.

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