FG says State Governments have been permitted to reopen schools

The federal ministry of education has given the green light to state governments to announce the reopening of schools, the minister of state for education made this known during a briefing.

The federal government has said it has given permission to state governments to decide when to allow the reopening of schools in their respective states. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education made the disclosure on Thursday, September 17, when responding to a question during the televised presidential taskforce COVID-19 briefing monitored on Channels TV.

The minister, however, stated that state governments must adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines for the reopening of schools which was made available by the ministry of education. He said having made the guideline of school reopening; available, local authorities were now the ones to determine when schools in their respective states should reopen.
The Oyo state government had already directed the reopening of all tertiary institutions in the state for regular academic activities from Monday, September 28. Governor Seyi Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday, September 15, in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, with the order coming despite the presence of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Conveying Makinde’s directive, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, commissioner for education, science, and technology, announced that necessary Covid-19 guidelines must be put in place for safe reopening.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to unleash its next plan if the federal government failed to meet its demands as contained in the agreements between the two sides in 2009. FG issues warning to state governors over proposed full resumption of schools ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a Town and Gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state which was also attended by parents, students union leaders and alumni of universities in the country which saw conversation lengthened down to the reopening of the universities.

ASUU also frowned at FG on what the body referred as a deliberate attempt to strangulate public education in Nigeria. Speaking during a Town and Gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, ASUU president Professor, Biodun Ogunyemi, said the lecturers’ body is being neglected by the federal government because “there were plans to make education inaccessible to the poor”. Ogunyemi lamented that the apathy of the government towards public education is the reason for the sudden increase in social vices such as banditry and “yahoo-yahoo.”

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