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FG makes U-turn in decision for the reopening of schools.

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It appears that the prospect of any immediate plan to fully reopen schools nationwide is still in doubt as the federal government said it is not yet convinced that schools should be reopened for academic activities.

The disclosure was made by Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education on Thursday, September 10, in Abuja at a meeting of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) COVID-19 held with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee (NTLC) on National Primary Health. The federal government said schools remain a place for the transmission of COVID-19.  According to The Nation newspaper, Nwajiuba said the federal government is not convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably. The minister stated that the ministry of education was still evaluating to find out if it is safe to reopen schools. He was reported to have made the statement when responding to a question from Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar on school reopening.

“At the moment, we have not come to the point where we can say we are convinced that schools can manage themselves and reopen comfortably,” the minister said. “Our teams have gone out and we will use the whole of this week and next week to do a proper evaluation.” Nwajiuba explained that the education ministry would evaluate the level of compliance by academic facilities. He cited the opinions of experts that schools remain a suspect place for the transmission of COVID-19. According to him, that was why the government is trying to make school reopening safe. In another news report, the Lagos government has given a crucial update on the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state amid the terrible scourge of the coronavirus pandemic. Tokunbo Wahab, the special adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on education disclosed that the state government will do a phased reopening of universities and polytechnics by starting with final-year students, Channels TV reported.

Wahab explained that this category of students who have been receiving lectures online will return to their campuses, take their revision and then write examinations and projects before others will begin to resume.

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Tinubu visits Sanwo-olu, denies leaving Nigeria.

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All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, has paid a solidarity visit to the governor of Lagos state, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, ending the speculation that he travelled out of the country.

Tinubu’s visit to Sanwo-Olu came on Saturday, October 24, at the Marina State House amid a deluge of tragedies occasioned by wanton of destruction in the state by hoodlums. Addressing journalists, the APC leader expressed displeasure with how EndSARS protest transcended into violence that led to the vandalisation of the government properties and private facilities. Clearing the air on the Lekki shooting, Tinubu said his visit to the governor was to ask him if he ordered the operatives of the Nigerian Army to unleash terror on peaceful protest. The APC national leader also debunked the circulation that he was in France during the bedlam, saying it was fake news. “I didn’t go nowhere; I’m a Lagosian and I still hold the title of Asiwaju of Lagos and I am still a Jagaban.

“Whatever they think. Fake news is all over the place. They say Seyi my son was kidnapped and was chased but look at him. I didn’t pay a penny to bring him here.” Earlier, Tinubu denied having a hand in the killing of some EndSARS protesters at Lekki tollgate, saying he would never be part of any carnage. In a related development, Governor Sanwo-Olu has lifted the lids on the alleged removal of the CCTV camera prior to the toll gate incident. Speaking on Arise TV on Thursday, October 22, the Lagos state governor stated that “nobody ordered” the removal of the camera and turning off the light contrary to the circulation on the social media.

Sanwo-Olu said there was the security of LCC on the ground and added that what looked like a camera are “necessary installation” removed due to 24-hour curfew imposed on the state over repeated attacks of hoodlums.

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