Unless the ministry of education gives a contrary directive, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, January 12, announced that the date for resumption of schools still remains Monday, January 18.
This was specifically disclosed by the national coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliu, during a press briefing in Abuja.
Sani noted that the date is to be followed in all states, except the ministry deems it fit to change based on the situation of the pandemic in the country.
The PTF’s coordinator said“As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date. He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.
Aliu pointed to increased travels, reopening of businesses, and religious activities without strict compliance to safety protocols as facts that has helped to spread recent infections. Earlier, the federal government had declared that it would review the January 18 earlier date fixed for resumption of schools across the country. The government on Monday, January 11, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while answering questions during a press briefing by the PTF on COVID-19 in Abuja.
“So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”