Nigeria schools to remain shut till January 18

By A’isha Biola Raji 
The Federal Government has resolved that all schools in the country will remain shut till January 18, 2021.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who doubles as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said this in Abuja at a press briefing.
He said there will be closure of bars, night clubs, pubs, event centres, and recreational venues for the next five weeks.
He however urged religious centres to maintain 50 per cent capacity at all times while ensuring strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols at all gatherings.
According to him, all these measures are in place to curb spread of Covid-19 as the country pass through second wave of the pandemic.

He said: “All government staff on Grade Level 12 and below are to stay at home for the next five weeks; Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives are to be held accountable for enforcing NPI rules in their domains with frequent spot checks.

“The PTF on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education, expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect.

“All persons above the age of 60yrs are to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid crowds.
“All non-essential travels; both domestic and international during the holiday season are seriously discouraged.”


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