By Chinenye Festus:-
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state had on Saturday, August 29, announced that all the schools in the state would resume on September 21.
Boss Mustapha, the chairman of PTF, while speaking on behalf of the Federal Government, however, advised the states to learn from the US experience where reopening of schools escalated the cases of COVID-19.
Mustapha said it would be in the best interest of Nigeria to stick to the pattern proven effective since the national response was launched.
He said: “It is in the above context that the PTF appreciates the on-going calls for re-opening of the education sector and indeed some sub-nationals are already making preparations for such.
“Whilst the PTF does not discourage making such preparations, we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany, France, the United States, and the UK where the opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities,”
Mustapha said the PTF would present its recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari this week, which will determine the next phase in the national response.
The PTF said he is very optimistic that after presenting its findings to the President, more sectors of the economy may soon be reopened, especially as the nation would be entering a new phase of the eased lockdown.
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