The Federal Government has disclosed what has to be done before the reopening and commencement of school activities nationwide. This was disclosed by the Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood while responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.
According to the Minister, the process of decontaminating and disinfecting all the schools across the country has to be initiated first before reopening them for academic activities
Mahmood said, “We are initiating a programme of decontaminating and disinfecting our schools before they open subsequently because I believe we will get to the point where we will reopen our schools.”
He stated that the ministry of environment will have to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Education to get the required data in order to conduct the exercise.
“We will be liaising with the Federal Ministry of Education to make sure we have the needed data to map out the exercise,” he said.
The Minister, however, did not state when this exercise will commence and how long it will take. What this means is that it may still take a little while before students can go back to the classrooms.
Recall that last week, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the government would not want to jeopardize the lives of the school children and their families by reopening the schools now.