COVID-19: Lagos, Nigeria Orders Reopening Of Schools

In Lagos, Nigeria, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the reopening of schools after closure since March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The governor, in a tweet on August 29, said tertiary institutions will be allowed to reopen from September 14, 2020, “all our tertiary institutions,” he emphasised.

The Nigerian Government had announced the resumption of all graduating students effective August 4 2020 to enable them to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020.

Sanwo-Olu said primary and secondary schools in Lagos will reopen from September 21, 2020 for the resumption of academic activities.

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“As regards our primary and secondary schools, we are working towards reopening them by September 21. This position is not cast in stone and subject to a review of our ongoing monitoring and procedures from the Ministry of Health, he added.

“Remember that we said that the virus will peak and we will flatten the curve in the month of August. From what we have seen, it appears we have flattened the curve. In the last two weeks, we have continued to see a drop in the positive cases that we have encountered in the state,” the governor explained.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday night, Lagos has recorded a total of 18,083 infections including 2,653 cases on admission, 15,228 discharged patients, and 202 fatalities.

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