VP Osinbanjo with president Buhari

Breaking News: Nigerian Govt Eases Lockdown as Inter State Borders, Schools Re-open

The Federal Government of Nigeria has in its second phase of easing of lock down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, re-opened the economy.

In its daily Covid-19 briefing in Abuja, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha announced that the president, Muhammadu Buhari with the advice from the the PTF and Centre for Disease Control has approved the opening of inter state borders.

Schools are to reopen for graduating classes only so they can prepare and sit for their final year exams. By this, it means primary 6, Basic 9 and SS3 classes are to resume for secondary school.

While for universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, it would depend on the graduating year of a particular course. Some could be 400, 500 or 600. Masters and PHD students could also resume.

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It is likely that those in remedial and A-level courses like JUPEB whose exams was supposed to have been in the month of June , might also be required to resume.

It might take a week for some schools to announce resumptions as there are laid down conditions from the NCDC for reopening which includes universities having an isolation centre, hand washing stands and use of face mask among others.

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU who are currently on strike embarked upon before the lock down are opposing the reopening of schools and described it as suicidal.

While speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun State on Monday, ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, urged the federal government to provide the ideal environment and meet the conditions as announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control before reopening schools across the country.

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