Olaleye Idowu

The decision of some states within the federation to reopen schools has come under close evaluation as the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 is requesting states with such thought to borrow a leaf from countries like united states and Germany whose decision reopening their school had met with a rise in confirmed cases of the virus.

 The Chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha who indeed doubles as the secretary to the government of the federation gave this hint at the committee’s press Briefing in Abuja yesterday

Mustapha said the seventh interim report would be submitted president Buhari during the week, while decision reached on the next phase of the lockdown would be made public during the next briefing on Thursday

His Word; “As we plan to re-open more sectors, we must stay the course and stick with our winning strategy which is anchored on the ability of our health institutions to contain the virus while we as citizens wear our masks properly, stay away from crowded places, avoid mass gatherings, maintain simple hygienic practices and as much as possible protect the elderly and most vulnerable to this pandemic.

“It is in the above context that the PTF appreciates the ongoing calls for re-opening of the education sector and indeed some sub-nationals are already making preparations for such.

 “Whilst the PTF does not discourage making such preparations, we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany, France, the United States and the UK where the opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities.

“As we end this phase, the PTF would be submitting the seventh interim report to Mr President and would be guided by his directives on the next phase.”

“The decisions and approval would be transmitted at the national briefing on Thursday, September 3, 2020.”

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