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Varsities remain shut – FG

The Federal Government has said that tertiary institutions in the country would remain close indefinitely.

The government said its decision to left higher institutions closed is to protect students and lecturers from contracting coronavirus in the country.

Given reason for decioson the government it due to continue rise in figures of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and the flattened is yet to be curved completely hence the need to exercise resistant in reopening learning institutions.

According to the government, the school would only be reopened when coronavirus cases subside and everyone visiting the school premises could be guaranteed safety of their health.

Announcing the government declaration on Thursday after a meeting with representatives of private tertiary institutions in the country, Minister of State for Education, Chekwuemeka Nwajiuba, said that the schools remain under lock until the cases in the country subsided.

Nwajiuba noted that the government wished that lockdown and other measures introduced to flatten coronavirus curve could be lifted completely but indices from states do not support it.

The minister hinted that after the meeting, the varsities representatives left with a conviction that the action of the government was not to prevent academic activities rather, to ensure safety of the students and their lecturers after reopening.

He said: “Today, I met with owners of private tertiary institutions in the country and during the meeting, they demanded that the schools be reopened since the government has approved reopening of markets that have more population than the schools in the country.

“And I told them that it was true that the markets have more population than the schools but I made them understand that it will be unwise to reopen the schools when we have not received any clean bill from the Presidential Task Force that the community transmission of the virus has subsided and cases in the country have reduced”.

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