FG Cautions States Against Reopening of Schools, Centres

Nigeria’s Federal Government has issued a stern warning to state governors in the country against the reopening of schools and other activities involving mass gatherings.

The warning was issued on Monday by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus Pandemic in it’s daily brief in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The Presidential Task Force warned Nigerians that possibilities of reviewing the relaxed restriction measures still abound, hence citizens should not be careless as life is not back to normal.

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Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the PTF while giving the warning decried the continued violation of restriction measures imposed to curb the spread of the lethal virus that includes a ban on inter-state travels.

Recall that some states in the country have decided and revealed plans to resume public activities that will require mass gatherings.

States with plans to reopen schools and other public gathering activities includes Cross River, Oyo and Kano states.

Recall that Cross River already reopened public schools, Oyo plans to reopen schools by the end of June, while Kano recently opened up football viewing centres following the resumption of European football leagues.

In this category are Cross River State, which has reopened public schools, Oyo State which will open schools at the end of the month and Kano State, which allows the opening of football viewing centres as professional football leagues resume in Europe.

Mustapha stated that the PTF earlier received reports that certain states were contemplating the reopening of public schools, football viewing centres, sports stadia and other places where large gatherings could take place.

He emphasized that it is not yet safe for public gatherings to be encouraged, saying that utmost care must be exercised by the states.

Mustapha also urged that the PTF issued guidelines be followed by states considering the reopening of public places.

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