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Gombe Government Debunks Plan To Re-Open Schools On June 8

The Governor Inuwa Yahaya-led government has debunked the report that the Federal Government has fixed June 8 as resumption date for schools in Nigeria.

The Gombe State Government also warned against the re-opening of schools in the state due to the increase in coronavirus confirmed cases.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Habu Dahiru stated this during an interview with NAN in Gombe on Thursday.

He further stated that the ministry of education in the state is yet to receive any circular from relevant agencies on resumption date for schools in the country,

“The decision to close schools was in the best interest of pupils and students,” he said.

Dahiru noted that no responsible government will allow students in the state to be exposed to COVID-19, he called on parents and guardian in the state to be patient.

“We did not close the schools on our own. There were directives and these directives were received based on the technical guidelines given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).”

“The directive was given by relevant authorities, if we are going to re-open schools, we will need the same directive and this will only be when it is safe to open schools again.”

According to the commissioner, the Gombe State government does not have any plan to re-open schools until Coronavirus is put under control.

“Schools must be fumigated and made ready; teachers and students properly sensitised and all other measures are taken before schools will be re-opened.”

Dahiru called on private schools in the state to follow the directive in the interest of their students warning that, “schools attempting to operate without getting the ministry’s nod would be closed and their licenses revoked”.

He added that the ministry of education in the state has a monitoring team conducting routine checks and anywhere they see public gathering in any school, we will take action on them.

He urged parents to support the government to ensure the protection of all pupils and students in the state as the state governor is committed to the health of his people.

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