The Federal Government on Tuesday stated that schools across the country will resume on January 18, 2021, until a fresh directive by the Ministry of Education.
NEWSGIST that this was made known by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Recall that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had said the Federal Government would review the date fixed for resumption of schools.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has now moved the resumption of schools from January 18 to 26 due to the second wave of COVID-19.
Speaking during a state broadcast on Tuesday in Akwa, the state capital, Obiano threatened to shut down markets if they are found violating COVID-19 protocols.
The Anambra government also asked churches and other religious organisation to set up committees on COVID-19.
Obiano said: “Schools in Anambra shall not re-open on January 18, 2021 as earlier scheduled. Rather, schools will re-open after two weeks from today to enable the principals and teachers prepare for the return of our children.
“Churches and other religious organizations are advised to set up action teams and go back to the practices that helped us in the first phase of the pandemic.
“We shall align with any policy on a possible nationwide curfew by the Federal Government to ensure effective compliance.
“Our test centers are active and ready to handle cases with impressive turnaround time. We have cascaded our sample collection to all the 21 local government areas in the state.
“For the sake of emphasis, nobody should go to any market, public places, churches, schools, enter any transport, attend functions as stated above without properly wearing of facemasks.”
Speaking on a television programme, PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu said the minister did not say the date has been changed.
“As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date,” Aliyu said.
“He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.
“So, for the moment, it is still 18th January until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”