After three months of lockdown, the Nigerian government has finally approved what it terms “safe reopening” of schools nationwide.
This will signal the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to arrest the further spread of COVID-19.
The government also called off the ban on interstate travels which, they said, can only be done outside curfew hours with effect from July 1 2020.
Chairman of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, Boss Mustapha, made this known at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, the reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes, final year students, resume preparation for examinations.
Mustapha said the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country has also been extended by four weeks.
His words; “I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.
“Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:
“Maintaining the current phase of the national response, for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the National Coordinator;
“Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020”.
Since the President Muhammadu Buhari administration imposed the lockdown in March over the coronavirus spread, the virus has infected over 24,000 persons with over 500 recorded.