The Federal Government has said that there was no fixed date yet for the reopening of schools nationwide.
Health Minister, Osagie Ehanire, who made this known said schools will reopen when the government must have established the risk of transmission of COVID- 19 pandemic.
Ehanire, spoke while addressing reporters at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 in Abuja weekend, saying that no date had been fixed for reopening of schools.
His words, “There is no fixed date on schools resumption. The PTF on COVID-19 is studying the situation, carrying out reviews every two and four weeks to access the situation and judge when it is safe.
“The Federal Government is taking very seriously the balance between safety and preventing disease explosion, and the opening of schools.
“We are encouraging schools to embrace online training and education as much as possible.
“As soon as the details are established and the risk of transmission is measured and established, then schools will reopen.
“We are aware of what is happening in neighbouring countries through the organ known as the West Africa Health Organisation, WAHO.
“Few days ago, we held an inter-ministerial meeting of the ministers of health of the West African region to compare notes, review strategies, understand how others are tackling their problems, and reach a common ground on how to protect our region.
“We also consider how to do procurement together to reduce cost and how to share materials that we get from donations to the region.
“The protocol for border activities is also being studied. We have, through WAHO, worked out protocols on how border crossings will be conducted, particularly passenger transport.
“It has not been opened but we are working out the opening protocols and the measures that need to be taken for countries to protect themselves..”