FG okays reopening of schools,NYSC orientation camps nationwide

The federal government has given approval for the reopening of schools nationwide.

Sani Aliyu, national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, gave the directive at the PTF briefing on Thursday.

Aliyu, who directed school administrators to conduct risk assessments, said that the reopening would be done in phases.

“For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase,” he said.

“However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create, and monitor this level of preparedness.

Meanwhile, daycare centres should remain closed until this level of risk is assessed. If there will be opening of schools, it must be stage and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.”

Recall that months after schools were shut down due to the covid19 pandemic in March,the FG announced the resumption of graduating pupils effective August 4, 2020, to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.

In another development,the Nigerian government has also given approval to the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to start making preparations for the reopening of orientation camps nationwide.

The approval was given by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 on Thursday, September 3.

“For the National Youth Service Corps, the NYSC is to consolidate on safety measures currently being put in place and start preparing for the reopening of orientation camps when educational institutions open,” he said.

“We are in the process of developing strict guidelines to ensure there is no outbreak of Covid-19 when this process starts.”

Meanwhile, the management of the NYSC has said it will reopen orientation camps for prospective corps members as soon as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 gives it the directive to do so.

Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, the director-general of the NYSC made the statement during the inspection of some facilities destroyed by a wind storm in Gombe state.

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