Seven States Shun FG Directives On School Reopening

Some state governments in Nigeria are indifferent on the stated date for resumption of academic activities as instructed by the federal government as part of efforts to curb COVID-19 second wave. These states have aired their reservations on the Federal Government’s directive that schools in the country should remain shut till January 18.

While states such as Kogi, Anambra, Plateau, and Ekiti said their schools would resume on January 18, Rivers, Cross River, Gombe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Delta, and Oyo states shunned the Federal Government’s directive.

The Cross River State Commissioner for Quality Education, Dr. Godwin Amanke in an interview with newsmen stated that schools in the state would resume Jan 11, because they do not have an imminent threat of  COVID-19. While the Gombe State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Habu Dahiru maintained that the January 18 resumption date was for epicenters like Lagos, FCT.

Also rejecting the January 18 resumption date, the Zamfara state commissioner of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the state receives directives from its governor, not PTF. The Delta State Government also insisted on the January 11 resumption date, adding that the country was a federation.

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while Rivers state education commissioner Ebeku, said schools were not the only avenue for social gatherings, citing situations in worship centers, markets, and villages.


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