The Federal Government has cautioned the state governments against the rush to reopen schools in their respective states.

This follows the release by some states of the country notably Lagos and Osun states, that announced resumption date for schools in the states.

Speaking at the COVID-19 briefing on Monday, the Secretary General of the Federation, SGF, who doubles as the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha has admonished the states to be cautious in their decision.

Mustapha who applauded the efforts of the states, said the PTF has nothing against the decision of the states to reopen schools for academic activities, but advised the states to learn from other countries whose COVID-19 cases was escalated as a result of such haste.

“Whilst the PTF does not discourage making such preparations, we need to be guided by experiences from countries such as Germany, France, the United States and the UK where opening of schools in some cities led to an increase in confirmed cases and fatalities.” He said.

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The SGF therefore enjoined a states of the federation to stick to the pattern proven effective since the national response was launched.

The PTF Chairman noted a decline in the infection rate of COVID-19 across the country within the last three weeks and said it was an improvement as the country recorded the lowest within the last four (4) months on the 30th of August.

He further said that more sectors of the economy may soon be reopened, especially as the nation would be entering a new phase of the eased lockdown.

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Mustapha said the PTF would present its recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari this week, which will determine the next phase in the national response.

Meanwhile, Nigeria News World gathered that Lagos State University, LASU, has revealed the plan to commence academic activities in batches for students of the university after months of closure.

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