July 12, 2020

We can’t resume, not safe for us, teachers tell FG

NMA, NUT knock FG over order to reopen schools

The Nigerian Medical Association and the Nigeria Union of  Teachers, on Tuesday, took a swipe at the  Federal Government over its  “safe reopening of schools.’

The apex organisations of medical doctors and teachers in the country told The PUNCH that the directive that graduating classes should resume was not only  badly thought-out, but also could expose both teachers and pupils to the deadly coronavirus.

The NMA President, Prof Innocent Ujah, who spoke to one of  our correspondents in Jos, said that given the current low level of compliance by Nigerians  with  COVID-19 safety protocols, it was risky to ask pupils to resume.

The NUT General Secretary, Mike Ene, said government was playing politics with the directive. He wondered how teachers, who had not been paid salaries in some states, would get money to buy personal protective equipment.

Ujah and Ene spoke just as the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday became the latest prominent Nigerian to test positive for the virus.

Following the governor’s disclosure of his COVID-19 status, the state government ordered commissioners and other aides of Akeredolu to compulsorily go for the coronavirus test.

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But as concerns mounted over the spread of COVID-19, the NMA  faulted  Monday’s pronouncement by the Federal Government on the reopening of schools.

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, at its briefing in Abuja, said the government in what it called “safe reopening of schools,” had approved resumption of pupils in graduating classes including primary six, the Junior Secondary School 3 and the Senior Secondary School 3.

The government also lifted the ban it placed on interstate travels and domestic flights.

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