April 14, 2024

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba had said most parents were against school reopening few days ago.

However, NCDC’s Head of Risk Communication, Yahya Disu revealed why Federal Government is reluctant in reopening schools in Nigeria.

Yahya Disu who spoke at a webinar hosted by Plan International Nigeria’s Country Director, Hussaini Abdu, with support from the European Union, UN, over the weekend.

He said: “The risk perception by the public is still very low and it’s because our population structure consists mostly of youth who may have the disease and not have symptoms.

“Reopening schools will further spread the disease. If there is a good level of compliance, then we could consider school reopening.

“School children are likely not going to comply and it could spread the disease among them as majority of our pupils go to school in vehicles and the transport sector is known to have a poor record of compliance.”

Schools have been shut indefinitely by the Federal Government of Nigeria to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

Priscilla Irems

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