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COVID-19: It’s up to state govt to determine school resumption, FG says

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The federal government has said it has given permission to state governments to decide when to allow the reopening of schools in their respective states.

The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this Thursday when responding to a question during the televised presidential taskforce COVID-19 briefing monitored on Channels TV.

State governments have been permitted by the federal government to decide when to allow schools to reopen in their states.

The minister stated that the federal government has already granted permission to the state governments to reopen schools.

Nwajiuba, however, stated that state governments must adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines for the reopening of schools which was made available by the ministry of education.

He said having made the guideline of school reopening; available, local authorities were now the ones to determine when schools in their respective states should reopen.

Meanwhile, Oyo state government has directed the reopening of all tertiary institutions in the state for regular academic activities from Monday, September 28. Governor Seyi Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday, September 15, in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, with the order coming despite the presence of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Conveying Makinde’s directive, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, commissioner for education, science, and technology, announced that necessary Covid-19 guidelines must be put in place for safe reopening.

In another report, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to unleash its next plan if the federal government failed to meet its demands as contained in the agreements between the two sides in 2009.

FG issues warning to state governors over proposed full resumption of schools ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a Town and Gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state.

The meeting which was also attended by parents, students union leaders and alumni of universities in the country, saw conversation lengthened down to the reopening of the universities.

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