Nigeria House of Representatives has kicked against the reopening of schools on January 18th, and has given the wide spread of the deadly corona virus as the reason why the slated resumption date for schools should be rescheduled.
The Cable Reports, that the chairman of the House committee on basic education, Julius Ihonvbere said that the reopening of schools across the country is a threat to the country’s fight against the second wave of coronavirus.
According to Julius, the legislative arm was not reached before the federal government made the decision of reopening on January 18th, he also said that school resumption should be postponed by three months.
Julius said his concerns were based on the fact that schools were reopening despite the fact that covid-19 infection rates hovers around 1000 cases daily.
In his words;
“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed, but now that it hovers well above 1000 infections daily, schools are being reopened.
“Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?
“They did not consult us, at least in my committee, nobody from the ministry spoke to me. I have been in Abuja. And I am not sure that they spoke to any of my members.”
The second wave of Coronavirus poses as a bigger threat to the nation ever than before, it’s wide spread has led to the closure of many businesses activities, and has mostly affected academic activities in the country.
On January 16th, 2021, the disease control agency(NCDC), announced 1598 new Covid-19 cases in the country.