BREAKING NEWS:Schools Resumption Date in Nigeria Suffers Setback as Nigeria Hit 10162 Covid-19 Confirmed Cases

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Schools Resumption Date in Nigeria Suffers Setback as Nigeria Hit 10162 Covid-19 Confirmed Cases 

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All indications show that the chances of universities, polytechnics and others to resume in Nigeria is pretty slim, this is due to the high increase on the records of confirmed covid-19 cases. 

 

Nigeria Covid-19 confirmed cases Hit 10162 after the two weeks lockdown that began on 18th of May and ends Today, 1 June.

The increment of the cases is a huge blow to the issues of schools resumption date in Nigeria and for the efforts of the federal government of Nigeria to ensure safety of every Nigeria Student and all the measures put in order by FG to call for reopening of schools across the nation.

 

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Sunday 31, May 2020, handed over COVID-19 battle to all the 36 States in Nigeria this shows that the state government has the power of implementing decisions like reopening of schools, worship centres, businesses and other activities in the state.

 

Myschoolnews urges you all to stay safe and wait for the decision of President Buhari on schools resumption date in Nigeria, reopening of markets, worship centres and other lockdown issues after handing over COVID-19 battle to all the 36 States governors in Nigeria yesterday.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has handed over COVID-19 battle to all the 36 States in Nigeria.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the pandemic, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said on Sunday.

Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), spoke on Sunday at the State House after members of the PTF briefed President Muhammadu Buhari and discussed their recommendations on the next phase of the battle.

 

Mustapha said: “The ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states  because we have gone into community transmission.

 

”Where are the communities? The communities are in the states. So, the ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states, the local government, the traditional institutions, the religious leaders at the different levels of our communities, because that is where the problem is.

 

”Like we’ve kept saying, 20 local governments out of 774, account for 60 per cent of confirmed cases in Nigeria today. So where are these 20 local governments? They are in communities. It means we have reached the apex of community transmission and we must get the communities involved.

 

”So, the issues of places of worship, the issues of schools, the issues of some certain businesses that were not opened hitherto are part of the packages that we have looked at and  we have made the appropriate recommendations, but you know that Mr President is the only one that can take decisions in respect of these.

 

”In the framework, the states are subnationals, they have their own responsibilities too, so it is in the exercise of those responsibilities that they had meetings with those religious bodies and agreed on the guidelines and protocols on how they can open up, but in the framework of the national response, we are taking that into consideration”, he said.

 

The PTF chairman said the advice on the reopening of the economy,Schools and worship centres had been delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari who will take the decision likely to be communicated to Nigerians today.

 

”That’s part of what we have considered in its totality. We would await Mr President’s decision on that, once I receive his approval, going forward, as to certain recommendations we have put in place, we will see how that happens.

 

”The issue of easing up, you know we are in the first phase, we had an extension of two weeks for the first phase, the next phase should be the second phase and along with that will come in with a lot of recommendations, which we expect Mr President to consider.

 

On total reopening of the economy,schools and worship centres he said it was a process that had since been ongoing, noting:

 

”We have started, even in the first phase and the extension that came with it. Essential parts of the economy were opening up by way of allowing agricultural production, people that produce fertilizers.

 

”The oil and gas industry was never closed for one day and some aspects of the financial sector were opened. After we receive Mr President’s approval tonight (yesterday) or tomorrow (today) morning, we will now know which segment of the economy he has allowed to open”, he said.

 

He added: “We are winning. As a matter of fact, you juxtapose the rate of cases with our fatality rate, which is basically about three per cent, in other countries and other climes, it’s over 10 per cent, but the most important thing that you will realise, when we started this exercise, we had only five testing stations, now we’ve ramped it up to 28, without correspondent increase in the number of deaths. We’ve gone beyond 60,000 tests now, that reflects in the number of confirmed cases

 

”We’ve not reached the peak yet and I won’t want to fool Nigerians by telling them that we are out of the woods. No, we are not out of the woods. As we even open up and accommodate more enterprises, because we are trying to have a balance between livelihoods and life, there’s a likelihood of increase in transmission in cases.

 

”But that should not be a source of despair. Like we’ve always said, the experts will tell you over 80 per cent will contact Coronavirus and will not even notice that they have and that accounts for what is happening at the isolation centres when you see young men saying they are not sick and asking why they are being kept there. They are asymptomatic, they don’t show symptoms and they will wear it out.

 

”There’s a 20 per cent  that is critical by virtue of certain factors, indices: age, underlying health conditions and vulnerability. That’s the percentage we are trying to protect and if we don’t do something in terms of management, in terms of putting in non-pharmaceutical intervention and guidelines to protect that 20%, about five per cent of them can fall critically ill and eventually become fatalities in the numbers and that’s what we are trying to avoid.

 

”So everything we are emplacing is to ensure we protect this vulnerable 20 percent. Eighty per cent will wear it out so the figure isn’t a thing of major concern. Yesterday when I saw the 553 I called the governor of Lagos, I thought he was going to be under intense pressure, but surprisingly, he said no, that it was expected because testing has been ramped up and as you ramp up your testing, it reveals what is happening in your community that prepares better for the kind of management care you will put in place.

 

”We are not worried about it as to whether the numbers will increase? They will increase”, he said.

 

On Kogi and Cross River states, the SGF pointed out that steps would be taken to correct the disagreements.

 

He said: ”We discussed challenges generally and I believe that in the context of those discussions, certain steps will be taken. We are doing everything to ensure that the entire nation is on the same page with one response and it is very important that we realise that no state is an island unto itself, when you deal with public health matters.”

 

In conclusion, Buhari’s decision on reopening of schools, worship centres will be disclosed to Nigerians today as the second lockdown ended 1st, June. 

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