Nigeria reopens schools for exiting students, lifts interstate travel ban

Nigerian Government has announced the reopening of schools for exiting students in secondary schools across the country.

The task force said that critical and revision classes for JSS 3 and SS 3 students would resume to prepare them for their existing examinations.

“Under the extended phase of eased lockdown, the current nationwide curfew will remain, maintain restrictions on mass gatherings and sporting activities, students in graduating classes Primary 6, JSS 3 and SS 3 will be allowed to resume in preparation for examinations,” the PTF coordinator Sani Aliyu said at the briefing.

“The aviation industry is allowed to resume domestic flights as soon as practicable in line with existing international and local guidelines on COVID-19,” he added.

The federal government also lifted the ban on interstate movement while the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 Boss Mustapha said that President Muhammadu Buhari has also approved the extension of the phased lockdown for four weeks.

“Mr. President has carefully considered and approved that with the exception of some modifications, Phase 2 of the Eased Lockdown will be extended for another 4 weeks : 30 June – 27 July 2020,” Mustapha said.

Apart from the reopening of airports for local flights, reopening of schools for exiting students in secondary schools and the lift of ban on interstate travels, Mustapha said all other measures are in place.

According to him, nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am is still intact while the use of face masks in public places is still mandatory.

Offices are still meant to be 75 per cent filled while banks retain it’s full working hours.

On Sunday, 490 new confirmed cases and 7 deaths of coronavirus were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 3,006 samples across the country.

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