Boss Mustapha, The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Made known at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja. After the meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa on Monday, June 29, 2020.
He said, to ease the lockdown, the Federal Government has okay reopening of schools. Which is tag “safe opening” for only students that are graduating (Primary 6, Jss 3, SS3 and final year students), in other for them to prepare for their forthcoming examination. Also, the Federal Government has eased down interstate transportation, including flights within the country but not during curfew hours.
Phase II of the eased lockdown has been lengthened by another twenty-eight days (four weeks) with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020, through Midnight of Monday, July 27, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) frown against the reopening of schools by the Federal Government due to the increasing numbers of COVID -19 cases in the country.
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, spoke on Monday, June 29, 2020. with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun.
He said, before reopening of schools, there is a need for the Federal Government to solve the challenges in the education sphere.
The following are some of the reasons he said schools should remain closed.
· The Federal Government should provide a pleasant environment by meeting the conditions given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), before reopening schools.
· Most schools don’t Have the financial means to provide hand sanitiser, running water, washing hands hand facility, and that some schools do not have space for social distancing.
· Insufficient funds by many parents would hinder them from providing some of these amenities needed for reopening of schools.
The ASUU leader, seek the assistance of the Federal Government to provide the running funds for the principals and headteachers, school owners so that they could give some of these facilities in their schools.