The Kaduna State government has approved January 25 as resumption date for tertiary institutions in the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Phoebe Yayi, made this known in a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday.
Recall that education stakeholders in the state had proposed Jan. 21 or Jan. 25 for schools’ resumption, subject to the approval of the state government.
But, the Ministry of Health, on January 21, recommended the suspension of resumption of schools until readiness assessment for COVID-19 was conducted.
Yaya noted that the new approval came after assessing all tertiary institutions in the state to ensure their level of preparedness and plans for reopening.
She disclosed that the COVID-19 assessment team confirmed a full compliance with the state’s COVID-19 preventive protocols and for safe learning environment against the pandemic.
However, the permanent secretary appealed to managements of all the tertiary institutions to ensure strict adherence to all the guidelines and protocols put in place by the state government.
She warned that any lapse or bridge in any institution will result to the closure without notice.
“Resumption by all tertiary institutions will be in phases, as provided by the institutions and according to their academic levels and subject to their compliance with the guidelines in place.
“Unscheduled monitoring visits to schools across the state will be conducted by the task force team to ensure continuous compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines,” she added.
Yaya added that assessment, based on COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health for public and private primary and secondary schools, was ongoing.
She said that a decision would be announced immediately the assessment was concluded and recommendations approved.
The Rivers State Government has denied report that it has ordered the closure of primary and secondary schools in the state.
The Commissioner of Education, Prof. Kanye Ebeku, in a statement issued on Friday described as a fake news, reports that Governor Nyesom Wike ordered the closure of schools over concerns that there was an upsurge in coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was an earlier statement purportedly signed by an official of the ministry announcing the shutdown of schools.
But, Ebeku maintained that the statement was the handiwork of mischief-makers whose intention was to pit the people against the state government.
“The attention of Rivers Education Ministry has been drawn to a fake news trending on social media that Gov. Nyesom Wike ordered closure of schools for two weeks.
“The ministry, hereby, categorically states that the news is false and should be treated as false news.
“The news is the handiwork of fraudsters and mischief-makers who derive pleasure in misleading members of the public and causing confusion,“ he added.
Non-teaching staff in Nigerian public universities will commence a nationwide strike from February 15, 2021.
The workers are opposed to the Federal Government’s handling of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
They are protesting the sharing formula of the N40billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage.
The workers are under the Joint Action Committee (JAC) umbrella.
JAC affiliate unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU).
Last week, they held a three-day demonstration over the government’s failure to respect the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with them on October 20.
The unions kicked against what they termed inconsistencies in IPPIS payment and the delay in the renegotiation of the FGN/ ASUU/SSANU 2009 Agreement.
Others are non-payment of retirement benefits to former members, non-constitution of visitation panels to universities, poor funding of universities and teaching staff usurping the leadership of non-teaching units.