President Muhammadu Buhari through the Federal Government has approved interstate travels and what it called “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID- 19, with effect from Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of The Federation, Boss Mustapha, during Monday’s briefing.
Interstate travels will be done outside curfew. Reopening of schools are meant for graduating students only (Primary 6, JSS3 and SSS3), to allow them prepare for examinations.
The briefing further stated that other level of education will remain closed until further evaluation, including daycare centers, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
While bars, event centers, night clubs, cinemas and other recreational centers are to remain closed as well.
Mustapha said in a statement:
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.
President Buhari personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, also confirmed the news in a series of tweets on his page.
President @MBuhari has approved the re-opening of schools (only for students in graduating classes, that’s Primary 6, JSS3 and SSS3) to allow them prepare for examinations.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) June 29, 2020
“President @MBuhari has approved the re-opening of schools (only for students in graduating classes, that’s Primary 6, JSS3 and SSS3) to allow them prepare for examinations.,” his first tweet reads.
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