After preparatory efforts to safely reopen schools, the federal government on Thursday directed states to comply with the risk assessment guideline while ensuring that established safety guidelines and protocols are followed.
Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force at the press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said such measures would stop the spread of the covid pandemic, stressing that young people could easily spread it while they were asymptomatic.
Sani further noted that while the lockdown proved that closing the school is one of the effective ways to prevent the pandemic from spreading, it urged students and parents to take the necessary measures to prevent the pandemic from spreading.
According to Sani, “There is no doubt that schools will open and learn at some point. Our students’ education is important, but it needs to be done safely and we all need to take responsibility.”
“Our appeal today to students and parents is to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of students across the country. On the flip side, students have a responsibility to adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions, physical distancing, and two meters of separation in classrooms and dining rooms.
Sani went on to explain that the class participants will be different from what they used to be and urged students to adapt to the new regulations.
Regarding international travel, Sani urged those traveling overseas to upload their PCR results to the easy-to-use portal for easier review by the airport immigration and port health officials.
According to Sani, the demand on the portal has been significant, which ensures that the PTF is working with its partner, the CACOVID, to address some concerns on the portal.
Sani also noted that the PTF held a meeting with the traditional North Council and with the Grand Patron, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to ensure that the message is brought home with the support of traditional institutions.
“I think the message has been sent and received, but we would like to work more closely with traditional institutions to raise awareness and improve our response using the recorded model of success in polio eradication.” Said Sani.
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