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School Reopening: We’ve Received Reports From 78 Universities, To Announce Resumption Date soon – Minister

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Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has assured that tertiary institutions across the country will reopen very soon.

Nwajiuba stated this yesterday, while responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing in Abuja.

Though he did not give the specific date of resumption, he said the ministry is working to articulate the situation report from the National Universities Commission, (NUC) and other regulatory bodies of various tertiary institutions and present to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for evaluation.

He urged Nigerian students to exercise more patience and stop rioting as government is in full negotiation with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

“Yesterday, I, the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, executive secretary of NUC and permanent secretary all met. We have reviewed responses from about 78 universities already and most of them are private universities who are already insisting that they are ready to go”. “We also have 50 responses from the state-owned universities and we are working to upscale that and make sure that everybody is ready to go”.

“When all of these is taking in to context, we will have them back at PTF so that all the various players in the PTF family will then review it, so that we can give a go ahead  for schools to reopen.

We are positive that time is around the corner, but we don’t want to bandy around dates, we just want to remain positive and the sooner we can get that, the better.”

 

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