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COVID-19: FG may review school resumption for Jan 18, may suspend NIN registration

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Oba Darasimi

The Federal Government has said it will review the proposed January 18, 2020 date for resumption of schools as it also contemplates suspending the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrollment.

Most states have fixed January 18 for the resumption of schools in line with the PTF directive but the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said  the Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 would review the date.

Adamu noted that there has been an upsurge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country hence the need to review the resumption date. He said the issue of school resumption was discussed during the meeting of the Task Force on Monday in light of the rising cases in the country.

“The issue of January 18 for school resumption is subject to review. Even at our PTF meeting today we discussed it in line with the rising cases in the country. So we are subject to review the date,” he said.

Similarly, the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the FG may have to suspend the NIN enrollment across the country after a proper review of the situation.

Mamora, who is also a member of the PTF on COVID-19, said on Channel Television that , “it is displeasing to see crowds gather at the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) offices.”

“Nobody feels good. I don’t feel good looking at the picture where people are gathered in multitudes. It’s like super spreader events which we don’t like. I’m also aware that the relevant ministry which is the communications and digital economy is looking at this.

“My understanding is that the whole process may be suspended so as to reorder the whole process in terms of management of the crowd because it was never intended that it would become a rowdy process like that. So, people may have to wait and be called at intervals to go through the process.”

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC), 1,024 confirmed new cases were recorded on Sunday. So far, Nigeria has 100, 087 confirmed cases with 1,358 deaths.

 

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