The federal government has said it has given approval to state governments to choose when to permit the reopening of schools in their own states.
Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education made the revelation on Thursday, September 17, when responding to a question during the televised presidential taskforce COVID-19 briefing monitored on Channels TV.
The minister stated that the federal government has already granted permission to the state governments to reopen schools.
Nwajiuba, however, stated that state governments must adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines for the reopening of schools which was made available by the ministry of education.
He said after the federal government made the guidelines for safe school reopening available, local authorities were now the ones to determine when schools in their respective states should resume academic activities.
Meanwhile, Oyo state government directed the reopening of all tertiary institutions in the state for regular academic activities from Monday, September 28.
Governor Seyi Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday, September 15, in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, with the order coming despite the presence of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Conveying Makinde’s directive, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, commissioner for education, science, and technology, announced that necessary Covid-19 guidelines must be put in place for safe reopening.