School resumption: FG urges protesting students to exercise patience

Federal Government has urged protesting student over the school resumption to be patient with government
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Ernest Sunday

Students of different schools in Nigeria have been protesting for the Federal Government to allow them to resume school for over one month.

Some of the Private Institutions have also told the Government they are ready to resume school and would reopen if the Government does not say anything regarding the resumption date.

On Monday during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja the Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said that the Federal Government is considering reopening of schools and looking a comfortable date for the resumption.

Nwajiuba did not reveal any date for the school resumption but urged students who are protesting over the issue to exercise patience with the government.

“I urge our students who have actually exercised a lot of patience along with their parents … I urge you to bear with us a little bit more. The rioting needs to stop; there is nothing to riot about", Nwajiuba said.

“We don’t want to bandy around dates,” he said, “We remain positive,” he added.

According to the minister, the government have had meetings with some of the stakeholders who expressed their desire and readiness to resume schools.

He confirmed that him, together with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu met some stakeholders of tertiary institutions over the plan for a resumption date for schools.

Nwajiuba added that after the meeting, 78 privately-owned universities were insisting that they were ready for resumption while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50.”

He said that after the full opinion of the stakeholders, he would return to the PTF to review the situation before making any pronouncement.

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