Nigeria: PTF Recommends State Decision on School Reopening
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has recommended to President Muhammadu Buhari to allow states decide on the reopening of schools, businesses and worship centers.
The recommendation was made to the president at a meeting held on Sunday May 31, 2020, at the State House.
The meeting was held to decide the next phase of action to take. Since the two-week extension of the easing of restrictions on socio-economic activities expires today.
PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, however, said the re-opening of businesses, worship centres and schools, would be pushed to state and local governments.
This would be upon the President’s approval of their recommendations.
“The communities are in the states. So, the ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states, local government, traditional institutions, religious leaders at the different levels of our communities. That is where the problem is,” he said.
“So, the issues of places of worships, schools, some certain businesses that were not opened, hitherto, are part of the packages that we have looked at. And we’ve made the appropriate recommendations,” he added.