Contrary to a viral post on social media and some news blogs suggesting the Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the resumption date for Universities and polytechnics to be on Monday, June 1, 2020.
The news story is totally false. The federal government has not made such an announcement at any point in time. It is purely speculative and a fake news or a mere prank.
The post also claims that whatever happens in the fight against Coronavirus in a month’s time all schools will come back to full action and resumption.
The Federal Government has said that there is no fixed date yet for schools to resume in the country despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent announcement on gradual ease of the lock down in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this on Tuesday, April 28 in Abuja at the 21st joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
The name of the agency or government ministry that issued the alleged statement, the date and location it was made is absent from the news story.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his Presidential address on April 27, 2020, speaking on the phased and gradual easing of the lock down gave State governors the power to amend and expand based on their unique circumstances provided they maintain alignment with the guidelines on public health and hygiene. So there is no nationwide declaration of school resumption since each state has peculiar needs.
The claims about school resumption are merely speculative, aims to generate views and attention. It doesn’t represent any statement made by the federal government.
Nigerians should watch out for the announcement of the resumption of schools from their various state governors and if need be the federal ministry of education will issue a press statement to address this matter.