By Chinenye Festus:-
“There is no plan to reopen tertiary institutions until we get to the top of the numbers and also see clearly that we are making significant progress in terms of flattening the curve,” Sani Aliyu, Presidential Task Force Coordinator on Covid-19, said.
Briefing pressmen on Tuesday, June 30, Mr. Sani Aliyu made this known as Nigeria begins another phase in relaxation of lockdown. Aliyu’s position came on the heels of the decision of the federal government announcing “a safe reopening” of schools for the graduating classes nationwide.
Aliyu said the reopening of schools for graduating classes was necessary so as not to lose a whole year to coronavirus crisis. “Summarily, there is no plan to reopen tertiary institutions until we get to the top of the numbers and also see clearly that we are making significant progress in terms of flattening the curve,” Aliyu said on a radio programme.
“However, we have taken pragmatic measures to ensure we do not lose a whole year in terms of primary to secondary school transition, hence the president’s approval for schools to reopen so that exiting students could return to school and write their examinations some of which are regional.”
The PTF coordinator said the government cannot afford to sabotage its efforts by reopening the tertiary institution as he insisted that there is no safe design for reopening the Nigerian tertiary institutions.
The hope of lifting the ban on the higher institutions in Nigeria has been dampened as the federal government insisted that there is no arrangement for such development.