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NMA, TUC rejects FG’s decision to reopen schools



The Nigerian Medical Association and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, on Tuesday, rejected the government decision on its “safe reopening of schools”

The highest organization for doctors and teachers in the country said that the order given that graduating classes should resume was a wrong decision which could expose teachers and students to the virus.

President of NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, said that based on the low level of compliance by Nigerians as regards Covid19 safety regulations, it is dangerous to ask pupils to resume.

Mike Ene, NUT Secretary General, stated that the Federal Government was playing politics with the order. He said he doesn’t know how teachers who had not been paid salaries in some states, would have money to buy personal protective equipment.

Ujah and Ene made this known after Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, became the latest high profile Nigerian to be infected with the virus.

After the governor had disclosed his Covid19 status, the governor also ordered his aides and commissioners to also be tested.

But as concerns increased as a result of the spread of coronavirus, the NMA blamed Monday’s declaration by the Federal Government on the reopening of schools.

The Presidential Task Force on Covid19, at a press briefing in Abuja, stated that the government in what it called “safety opening of schools,” had approved the resumption of students in terminal classes which consists of SS3, JSS3 and primary 6.

The Federal Government also removed the ban on interstate travels and domestic flight.

In its approval of school resumption, it said there will be provision of water in schools for hand washing for both students and teachers who must also wear face masks while observing social distancing.

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