Monday, June 29,2020
Following a briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 earlier today, the Federal Government of Nigeria has hinted of plans to reopen schools only for students in graduating classes.
This was announced by Presidential media aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, in a brief Twitter post, Monday evening. According to Ogunlesi, “Pres. @MBuhari has approved, on recommendation of #PTFCOVID19, SAFE REOPENING of Schools ONLY FOR STUDENTS IN GRADUATING CLASSES (Primary 6, JS3, SS3) to enable them prepare for exams.”
Also approved: SAFE REOPENING of domestic aviation services “as soon as practicable.” https://twitter.com/toluogunlesi/status/1276206750920818688 …tolu ogunlesi
NO DATES YET for reopening of AIRPORTS and SCHOOLS in Nigeria.
PTF: All Daycare & Primary schools to remain closed until further evaluation, except for Common Entrance pupils.
Secondary & Tertiary Schools to remain closed. Arrangements to be
“PTF: All Daycare & Primary schools to remain closed until further evaluation, except for Common Entrance pupils. Secondary & Tertiary Schools to remain closed. Arrangements to be made for exiting JS3 & SS3 students to resume as soon as possible for preparation for exams, “ Ogunlesi added.
The Federal Government also announced the lifting of the ban on interstate travel, starting from the 1st of July. The lifting of the ban applies “only outside curfew hours”.
In the meantime, phase 2 of the eased lockdown will be extended for another 4 weeks starting from June 30 to July 27.
Strict compliance to the use of face masks in public places remains. Provision will also be made for technical support for states to enable them mobilise additional resources in their response to the pandemic.
Nigeria has so far reported a total of 24,567 cases of the virus, according to the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. Nigeria introduced lockdown measures in April, a development that is believed to have helped lower the infection rate in Africa’s most populous country.