Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, has cleared the air on matters of school reopening date in Nigeria, on the 25th of May 2020.
His announcement has debunked the claims that the Federal Government would reopen schools on the 8th of June 2020, but he has confirmed that the government is working tiressly to put structures in place to ensure that schools are well equipped to reopen. He said this with the assurance that school reopening date in Nigeria will be announced soon.
The Minister made his announcement at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The Minister established that at present, no exact school reopening date in Nigeria has been announced by the President Muhammadu Buhari‘s “Next Level” government as speculated in the Nigerian media.
“We all are seriously interested in reopening and I believe we will reopen soon. But I can’t confirm what your children said that we will reopen in two weeks. The issue around reopening has nothing to do with the availability of the schools or not. It has to do with national governance. The idea of shutting down the schools has nothing to do with the schools per see.
“You heard the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the SGF, keep saying it is a national response. It is a single national response and everything we do flows from that. When they determine, I’m sure you have seen all the experts here, that there is the measure of safety to which we can expose our children, we will gladly do that. We are watching and we are working with all bodies within and outside the country.
“The five countries of West African Examination Council (WAEC) are meeting and I just came out of a meeting with African Union (AU) Ministers of Education, everybody is as concerned as you are. We hope to reopen very soon. This morning, I met with the Ministry of Science and Technology. We are looking at putting a system in place that can disinfect every child as he goes into a school, and disinfects him as he goes out.
“If we resource our schools properly we can begin to reopen. But we must be able to ensure that the children go in safe and come out safe and not become a conduit for further infection in society,”
Since the minister of education has now cleared the air on school reopening date in Nigeria, students can go back to rest, and strategize how to continue to put to better, use this lockdown period.