The Federal Government has listed six conditions for the reopening of schools and universities across the country.
According to the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the conditions are to protect every student against the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, Nwajiuba said that all heads of schools should ensure the decontamination of all schools and new class sizes which will accommodate social and physical distancing.
He added that all Institutions must have Hand-washing facilities, Body temperature checks, Body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities including the gates, hostels, classes, offices.
The minister said that all efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene in all the institutions.
Nwajiuba said: “While we Iook forward to easing the Iockdown which win ultimately lead to re-opening of our campuses, I urge all the Heads of Institutions not to wait till the announcement on reopening before putting in place all necessary measures in compliance with the protocols and advisories of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“All Institutions must have (1) Hand-washing facilities, (2) Body temperature checks (3) Body disinfectants at all entering points to their major facilities including the gates, hosteis, classes, offices, etc. (4) The whole premises of each institution must be decontaminated and (5) All efforts must be geared toward maintenance of the highest level of hygiene (6) Ensure Social] Physical Distancing in class sizes and meeting spaces.
“Let me seize this opportunity to commend institutions that responded promptly with different innovations, including the manufacturing of some of the facilities that are required to attend to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“I am elated with the efforts that led to the production of Ventilator, Body Disinfectant, Hand Washing and Liquid Dispensers, Body Temperature Gauges, and many more. These are manifestations of the abundance of talents in the country and the result of research.”
The Minister pleaded with parents to bear the continued closure of schools, adding that the government is doing everything possible to ensure that both lives and livelihood are given the topmost priority that they deserve.