School reopening: Nigerian-government seeks cooperation of private owners

The Federal Government has called for cooperation from owners of private institutions of learning ahead of school reopening.

The Minister of State for Education , Emeka Nwajiuba , on Wednesday , revealed this during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 in Abuja .

The minister said the government was working on modalities to achieve social distancing and good hygiene practices before schools could be allowed to reopen .

He also described as false , reports that schools would reopen in the country on June 8 , saying the government could not afford to take any expensive risk.


Nwajiuba said , “ We are going to publish a specification on what we expect COVID – 19 or post- COVID – 19 reopening to look like.

We are not talking about coping with COVID – 19 but in spite of COVID – 19, we expect that we will adapt.

“ For a country that has over 115 , 000 primary schools , you will understand that 35 , 000 of these who are private must agree to set up the same standard in other to allow children to go in. ”

Also , the PTF Chairman , Boss Mustapha, urged all school administrators to start taking steps that would aid school reopening.

“ We urge states , local governments, proprietors and all other stakeholders to begin to take steps that will facilitate an early and safe reopening, ” the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said .

Reports gathered that the FG shut all schools in the country in March as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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