COVID-19 : We’ll Soon Release Guidelines For Reopening Of Schools, Says FG

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has assured Nigerians that plans for protected reopening of faculties throughout the nation have been being put collectively.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the reassurance on Wednesday throughout the each day media briefing by the duty drive in Abuja.

The PTF, nevertheless lamented that the necessity to shut colleges, as a part of the measures to comprise the unfold of COVID-19 within the nation, had compounded the problem of out of college youngsters.

The SGF additionally used the time to cost state and native authorities authorities, in addition to proprietors of faculties, to begin placing measures in place that might be assist in early and protected reopening of faculties.

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation was confronted with the problem of out of college youngsters. This has now been compounded by the compelling want for closure of faculties as a part of the measures to restrict the unfold of the virus.


“The PTF has been deliberating on this case and want to inform Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Education will roll out measures to be put in place for protected re-opening of our colleges.

“The Hon. Minister of Education (State) can be elaborating on the topic, this afternoon. He may even make clear the purported announcement of the resumption date which went viral final week.

“The PTF needs to make use of the event of this celebration to congratulate our youngsters and guarantee them, their dad and mom and all stakeholders alike, that every one palms are on deck to reopen the faculties at a protected time.

“We subsequently use this medium to induce States, native governments, proprietors and different stakeholders to start to take steps that can facilitate an early and protected reopening”, he mentioned.


Mustapha mentioned on the trouble to discover a native resolution to COVID-19 that three claimants have been recognized as deserving additional investigation as he famous that the variety of infections and demise in Africa are decrease than had been predicted.

“The topic of analysis has been central to the mandate, considering and planning of the PTF. Studies have proven that Countries in Africa are up to now experiencing a decrease price of transmission, fewer extreme instances, and fewer deaths than had been predicted in earlier estimates.


“A latest publication by WHO on danger modeling for 47 nations within the Africa Region predicts 82,000-190,000 deaths throughout the first 12 months of the pandemic. However, African nations have to take measure to answer this worst-case scenario whereas additionally guaranteeing continuation of present companies will surely stretch our already burdened well being methods.

“Countries within the area have to progressively enhance their capability to detect instances, not simply to know the extent of the outbreak, but in addition to establish and provoke look after folks most in danger. They additionally have to increase capability to mitigate the implications of widespread neighborhood transmission of COVID-19.

“Above all, extra analysis to find out the underlying elements for the present pattern within the pandemic in Africa is required. In addition to pursuing this line of thought, the occurrences in Kano and another cities have given us trigger to launch our analysis initiatives utilizing present buildings and methods in a way that can construct a legacy and likewise put together Nigeria for any future pandemic.


“The PTF is completely happy to notice that the Central Bank of Nigeria has indicated the willingness to assist analysis efforts. This is subsequently, a name on our researchers and scientists to take up the problem.

“As a measure of the significance hooked up to analysis and growth of native capability for locating a treatment to the COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health held a digital assembly with quite a lot of researchers and scientists with claims to treatment for COVID 19 and out of the quite a few claimants, three have been discovered to deserve additional investigation and have been forwarded to the related authorities for acceptable overview.

“Similarly, efforts are being made by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to topic an excellent variety of domestically manufactured COVID 19 gear to verification and subsequent certification,” he mentioned.

Mustapha mentioned additional that because the nation progressed into the closing days of the extension of the section one of many eased lockdown, the administration had felt the financial pains the folks had been passing by way of and it was because of this that past the variety of stimulus packages, particularly for residents that depend on each day subsistence, the gradual opening up of the economic system was additionally a technique in getting ready for a POST-COVID economic system.

“To obtain this goal, the PTF has continued to temporary the National Economic Council and the Nigeria Governors Forum. It has additionally collaborated with the Economic Sustainability Committee, the Economic Impact Committee and the Committee on Free Movement of Agricultural and Allied Produce.

“The PTF additionally continues to work together with the non-public sector, spiritual and conventional rulers in pursuit of a strong nationwide response,” Mustapha mentioned.


He additionally knowledgeable that the PTF had adopted a brand new community-focused protocol, which might quickly be unveiled, including that the brand new protocol would encourage larger involvement and possession of the struggle towards COVID-19 from the neighborhood stage.

“In a few of our earlier briefings, the PTF hinted in regards to the strengthening of neighborhood engagement within the management of COVID-19. I’m happy to tell you {that a} protocol has been developed and it offers neighborhood members larger involvement and possession in figuring out and supporting the case administration course of. The particulars can be unfolded within the coming days”, he mentioned.

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