As part of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the Federal Ministry of Education on March 19, 2020, ordered for the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary as well as primary schools nationwide since then Nigerian students have been long-suffering for the announcement of the resumption date of schools in the country.
The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Monday, August 24, 2020 during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has enjoyed the incessant patient of Nigerian students during the lockdown and assured them that tertiary institutions across the country will reopen very soon.
The Hon. Minister revealed that the ministry is working to articulate the situation report from the National Universities Commission, NUC, and other regulatory bodies of various tertiary institutions in the country and present them to the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19 for accurate evaluation.
He also added that the ministry has received calls from private universities and public universities for reopening of tertiary institutions in the country, although he didn’t give a particular date for schools resumption.
Speaking during the PTF briefing, the minister said “There have been a lot of improvement, however, the guidance we have given and for which we are receiving feedback from many institutions are the moment includes a germut of items that you need to prepare and we don’t want them to just be fasads, we want content around them and we are going to go back to see if people have complied with those requirements.
“This morning, myself and minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu,the executive secretary of NUC and permanent secretary all met and we have been at it since morning. We have reviewed responses from about 78 universities already and most of them are private universities who are already insisting that they are ready to go. We also have 50 responses from state owned universities and we are working to upscale that and make sure that everybody is ready to go.”
“When all of these is taking in context, we will have them back at PTF so that all the various players in the PTF family will then review it so that we can give a go ahead so that schools can reopen,” he added.
“We are positive that that time is around the corner, but we don’t want to bandy around dates, we just want to remain positive and the sooner we can get that, the better.
“I urge our students who have actually exercised a lot of patience and bear with us a little bit more. The rioting needs to stop. There is nothing to riot about. We are in full negotiation with ASUU,” he concluded.