The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed that it is under pressure to reopen schools amidst the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
It however affirmed its continued will to resist such pressures and other blackmails.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had earlier given a date for reopening of schools while appearing before the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education.
While he described the existence of COVID-19 in the country as a sham, the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ben Goong, said that Nwajiuba’s statement was out of context as he continues to endanger the lives of children.
Ben’s statement reads in part;
“Keen followers of the ministry will confirm that the stance of the minister(Nwajiuba) has been against endangering the lives of children. The ministry is indeed under intense pressure to reopen schools but will never succumb to such pressures until the infection curve begins to flatten.
“The Ministry of Education reaffirms its commitment to the safety of Nigerian children and would, therefore, not do anything to compromise their safety. The Federal Government is aware of the damage coronavirus has caused to the lives of people and economies globally, including Nigeria. We will therefore not compromise an inch in this regard, no matter the blackmail.” (Culled from PUNCH)