Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba, the amiable Minister of State for Education hinted Nigerians about the possibility that schools, both secondary and tertiary institution are likely to reopen in the country after the ongoing ban laid on interstate travel industry in Nigeria must have lifted.
The minister, Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba stated this hints during a press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Corona case in Abuja on July 8, 2020. Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba again stated categorically that although the government has not made an official or particular statement as to the exact date for the release, he said the ministry of education wouldn’t want to be in a possible to lead Nigerians astray.
“We want to open when it is safe to do so. We have heard about neighbouring countries that opened and shut. We have heard about cases spiking with children getting into school. Of all the things I will like to do, I will not like to experiment with your children.”
“We want a situation where once we are sure it is safe, we can then take them into school.
“I have just finished a meeting with the representatives of WAEC and NABTEB and I understand how that worries our parents at the moment and how anxious our children are to know what next.”
“As soon as those in charge of the blockade lift it because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers can’t come. So, we are looking at somewhere after the interstate lockdown is lifted. Because we will need that kind of openness for the children to move.”
All schools and institutions had since march been shut down by the federal government of Nigeria as a proactive measure to fight against as well as control the rapid spread of the COVID19 pandemic as at that time.