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Covid-19: Reps Faults FG Over School Resumption, Suggests 3 Months Postponement

Following the directive of the Federal Government that all schools should resume back on the 18th of January, The House of Representatives had said the Federal Government cannot go-ahead to ask schools to resume on Monday despite the increasing cases of COVID-19.

The committee demanded postponement of resumption for three months, to put necessary safety measures in place.

According to reports, The Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, had said that the Federal Government did not consult the right committees and stakeholders of the National Assembly before announcing the resumption date.

Ihonvbere said, “They did not consult us; at least in my committee, nobody from the ministry spoke to me. I have been in Abuja. And I am not sure that they spoke to any of my members. They just don’t see us as part of the critical stakeholders,”.

Following a statement Ihonvbere, issued in Abuja on Saturday, on behalf of his committee, ‌it reads that “We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed; but now that it hovers well above 1,000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?”

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