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What Buhari ‘Said’ About Schools Resumption

COVID-19: What President Buhari Told Nigerians (Full Text)

Yesterday, during the nationwide broadcast, President Muhammadu Buhari was silent on the schools’ re-opening.

States are therefore expected to decide on when schools will resume or not.

The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) could take a definite position in their awaited reaction to the president’s speech.

Buhari, had yesterday announced that the lockdown would be eased from May 4 and extended the ‘stay at home’ directive till May 3.

Again, only Lagos, Ogun States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja are affected.

However, the President banned interstate movement.

There was confusion last week over the rumours that learning institutions may reopen soon.

Messages shared on social media platforms didn’t help matters either.

The speculations forced the Lagos State Government to elucidate that all private and public schools remain closed, to protect students from coronavirus.

Folasade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education, stated that schools have not been opened for the third term of the annual session.

She added that Lagos continues to offer free teachings on various media, especially radio and television.

“Plans are also underway to ensure that our children in public schools are able to complete their term whenever the lockdown is lifted,” Adefisayo said.

A fortnight ago, the Buhari administration said plans were being made for students in tertiary institutions to receive lectures via the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, explained that the ministry had been planning the idea before the coronavirus outbreak.

Noting that some tertiary institutions were already giving lessons online, Adamu hinted that the ministry was working with its mass media outlets to do the same.

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