Minister of state for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba ,has debunked claims that schools will resume by 8 June 2020.
Speaking during the daily briefing of the PTF in Abuja, Nwajiuba said, it is unthinkable how to retrieve the loss that would occur should Children be infected at school because of the rush to resume
“, We are not taking that risk yet. We need to hear from WHO and other health professionals before we resume. We will do it in phases. Those who work in universities and other institutions should use this period to upgrade skills”.
“Education is a concurrent matter.we will publish a specification on what we expect post covid to look like”.
He gave a clue as to some of the factors to be addressed in the guidelines.
“We want all children to be able to observe physical distancing.This might involve resuming different classes at different times. Or morning and afternoon classes”.
“Sanitary conditions in the school will be looked at. All schools will be fumigated. Pedal pushed hand wash machines will be deployed.”
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Wednesday said three out of the numerous claims of COVID-19 herbal cures have been validated and forwarded to relevant authorities for validation.
The Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha made this known during the daily briefing in Abuja.
According to Mustapha, the validation was made by the Federal Ministry of Health after a virtual meeting with Nigerian Researchers and Scientists.
He explained that the decision to meet with the researchers was also prompted by the incidents of mysterious deaths in Kano and some other cities.
“The occurrences in Kano and some other cities have given cause to launch our research initiatives using existing structures and systems in a manner that will build a legacy and prepare Nigeria for any future pandemic.
“As a measure of the importance attached to research and development of local capacity for finding a cure for COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of health held a virtual meeting with a number of researchers and scientists with claims to cure COVID-19.
“Out of the numerous claims, three were found to deserve further investigation and we have forwarded them to the relevant authorities for appropriate review,” the SGF said.
He added that efforts are equally being made to meet inventors of locally fabricated COVID-19 equipment.
“Similarly, efforts are being made by the Ministry of Science and Technology to subject a good number of locally fabricated COVID-19 equipment for verification and subsequent certification”.
The PTF Chairman stressed that the subject of research is central to the PTF and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is willing to support research efforts.
He, therefore, urged researchers to take up the challenge and come boldly forward with their innovation.