Lagos State Governor Announces Reopening of Schools
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed that the tertiary institutions in the state be reopened effective from September 14th, 2020. He made this known during a briefing at the State House, Marina on Saturday. Governor Sanwo-Olu also stated that after the ongoing WASSCE, primary and secondary schools in the state would also be permitted to reopen from September 21, 2020, for the resumption of academic activities.
The Governor, however, stated that this position is not cast in stone which means it is subject to change based on the ongoing monitoring and procedures from the Ministry of Health concerning the Covid-19 outbreak.
“As regards our primary and secondary schools, we are working towards reopening them around the 21st of September 2020. This position is not guaranteed and is subject to a review of our ongoing monitoring and procedures from the Ministry of Health.”
“Remember that we said that the virus will peak and we will flatten the curve in August. From what we have seen, it appears we have flattened the curve. In the last two weeks, we have continued to see a drop in the positivity that we have encountered in the state,” the governor explained.
School Resumption in Other States
The ministry of health continue maintain its stance that resumption of schools depends solely on the readiness of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to ensure and maintain Covid-19 protocols. This has not been confirmed by the union and hence, the date for school reopening in Nigeria remains uncertain. So far, the latest information for reopening of schools is from Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu, who announced the reopening of Lagos state schools. The NCDC will also continue to update the nation as to the current statistics of the outbreak in order to ensure when it’s safe for normalcy to return to the nation.