“The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced Monday, June 8, 2020, the official resumption date for Universities, polytechnics, and other schools,” it reads.
But some Facebook users were having none of it. “This absolutely fake news,” commented one. Another wrote: “There is a road map for the unwinding of the lockdown, and it no no way [sic] mention the date you are propagating.”
Schools closed in March due to Covid-19
‘No resumption date yet’
Guidelines for the gradual easing of the lockdown were issued on 30 April. For the first phase, the taskforce directed that all schools and academic institutions “remain closed till further evaluation”.
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education, told journalists the date for reopening schools had not been set.
“The president actually addressed the issue of the opening of the economy gradually. Until that is done, we can’t foresee or immediately tell you when all the schools will be reopened,” he told Punch newspaper on 29 April.
“It will not be proper for us to simply give you a date. It has to be in tandem with these opening terms. We don’t want to put our children at risk. None of these schools can function on their own without society.” – Fatima Abubakar
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