Nigeria: Northern Governors Expresses Readiness To Support FG On Reopening Schools

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Northern States governors have expressed support to the federal government stand on reopening of schools and to participate in WASSCE and other examinations only when it is safe to reopen schools.

The communiqué signed by Kaduna State Commissioner of Education and Chairman School Exchange Programme, Dr Shehu Usman Muhammed said the minister of educations reasons for keeping schools closed was appropriate in ensuring that children remain safe while efforts are being made to make schools safe from COVID-19 before reopening will be considered.

According to the communique, there is a need for the minister to coordinate meetings in the education sector to find common ground and agree on the safe reopening of schools.

It said the Federal Government needs to support states in putting safety measures in place for school reopening as parts of its COVID-19 Social Intervention Project, considering that many states may not have the financial strength to embark on such huge capital extensive project.  

This could be done with support from development partners or through loans.

Dandal Kura Radio reports that the meeting had in attendance 13 states namely Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Niger, Nassarawa, Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Kwara, Katsina, Kano, Borno and Jigawa.

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