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Minister: Schools May Reopen When Interstate Travel Ban Is Lifted

Valentine Chinyem



The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has said schools in the country may reopen after the ban on interstate travels had been lifted.

The minister said this while speaking during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

Schools were shut by the government, following a surge in COVID-19 cases jn the country.

Nwajiuba noted that a date for reopening is can not be ascertained, the government is worried about students safety.

He said, “We want to open when it is safe to do so. We have heard about neighbouring countries that opened and shut. We have heard about cases spiking with children getting into school. Of all the things I will like to do, I will not like to experiment with your children.

“We want a situation where once we are sure it is safe, we can then take them into school.

“I had a meeting with the representatives of WAEC and NABTEB and I understand how that worries our parents at the moment and how anxious our children are to know what next.

“As soon as those in charge of the blockade lift it because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers can’t come. So, we are looking at somewhere after the interstate lockdown is lifted. Because we will need that kind of openness for the children to move.”