The Federal Government is insisting that all primary and secondary schools resume by the 22nd of September.
This was made known by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who stated that there are no strong reasons for any extension. He said this while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.
He advised that those who have reasons to believe that the schools should not re-open on that date should forward same to the Federal Government.
Speaking yesterday after the FEC meeting, Chukwu said those calling for the extension of the schools resumption date were being driven by “irrational fears”.
He said unlike other countries where the disease is transmitted through community contact, Nigeria’s case was different and there was no cause for worry.
He said: “The minister of education, after meeting with the commissioners for education from the 36 states and FCT decided when public schools should open, which is 22nd of September.
“In taking that decision, they considered the information that was given by the federal ministry of health that there is actually no reason now, with the expert information we have at hand, why schools cannot resume earlier than the original date of Oct. 13.
“I think people should just allow us to do the work we have been doing very professionally. “It was based on advice given by the ministry of health that the minister of education took the original decision that it was going to be in October and nobody quarrelled with the minister.Now the minister, based on expert advice, has come back to say the resumption date will now be Sept 22 and some people are now quarrelling with it. I think we should allow the authorities to do their job. It is not an ordinary matter to be discussed the way we want to discuss it.
“If you have any evidence why there is need to review it (the resumption date of schools), supply such evidence to the minister of health and we will look at it. “We have allowed a football match to go on and we screened every fan in Calabar, we screened every player and everybody, even the governor and the wife were screened.