InterState Movement Ban Halt Schools Resumption In Nigeria (MOST READ)
It could be recalled that on Jun 1, 2020 the federal government of Nigeria assured students and the public that schools will resume after June 21, 2020 when interstate movement will be eased.
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The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, revealed that schools may reopen in the country after the ban on interstate movement was lifted on June 21,2020.
The announcement from the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba on suspending inter state banned June 21, 2020 gave hope to students and the general public following the 6 months of lockdown and schools shutdown across the Country.
Today being June 21, 2020 is the judgment day for Nigeria Students and the general public over the Federal government decisions on suspended Inter state movement which will apparently pave way for schools to resume and students travel from different states to their various campuses.
The sad news about June 21, 2020 is that inter state movement,Domestic and International flights in the country remain suspended until further notice this is due to the raise in the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria according to NCDC On the 20th of June 2020, 661 new confirmed cases and 19 deaths were recorded in Nigeria,Till date, 19808 cases have been confirmed, 6718 cases have been discharged and 506 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The 661 new cases are reported from 14 states- Lagos(230), Rivers(127), Delta(83), FCT(60), Oyo(51), Edo(31),Bayelsa(27), Kaduna(25), Plateau(13), Ondo(6), Nasarawa(3), Ekiti(2), Kano(2), Borno(1).
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA says Domestic and International flights in the country remain suspended.
The flights were banned as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Recall that on June 1, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 advised the aviation authorities to come up with new guidelines for the operations of domestic flights on or before June 21. Many Nigerians had taken it to mean that domestic flights will resume operation on June 21. The taskforce however came out later to clarify that the June 21 date was for the submission of new guidelines and not the resumption of domestic flights.
However, a statement released by the NCAA on Saturday, June 20, states that domestic and International flights remain suspended for now. Only essential flights will be given approval.
See the statement below.
In conclusion, inter state movement,Domestic and International flights in the country remain on total lockdown until further notice this is due to the raise in the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria and according to NCDC the deadly virus is on a rapid increase in Nigeria, 19808 cases have been confirmed,6718 cases have been discharged and 506 deaths have been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The increase in the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria has made schools resumption in Nigeria to suffer a great setback due to the fact that the federal government does not want to endanger the lives of her citizens and students into the hands of the deadly virus COVID-19 because the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba said, “We want to open when it is safe to do so. We have heard about neighbouring countries that opened and shut. We have heard about cases spiking with children (Students) getting into school. Of all the things I will like to do, I will not like to experiment with your children (Students).
He also revealed that Schools can not resume in Nigeria while the Inter state Lockdown is not eased, in his words;
“As soon as those in charge of the blockade lift it because there is no way we can open our schools if teachers can’t come. So, we are looking at somewhere after the interstate lockdown is lifted. Because we'll need that kind of openness for the children to move.”
The statement above shows that there is no hope for schools to resume yet in Nigeria.
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