The House of Representatives has expressed displeasure at the Federal Government’s approval of Monday, January 18, 2020, as resumption date for schools despite the increasing cases of COVID-19.
The House says contrary to claims that all relevant stakeholders were consulted before arriving at resumption date, they were not informed of the development.
Therefore, they pushed for the postponement of resumption by three months, to allow for necessary safety measures and compliance with protocols to be put in place.
Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, who spoke with The Punch said, “They did not consult us; at least in my committee, nobody from the ministry spoke to me. I have been in Abuja. And I am not sure that they spoke to any of my members. They just don’t see us as part of the critical stakeholders.”
Similarly, in a statement issued on his committee’s behalf, the lawmakers said they wereIhonvbere, in a statement he issued in Abuja on Saturday, on behalf of his committee, opposed the Monday resumption date.
The statement was titled “School resumption: Are we truly prepared?”
It read, “The Committee on Basic Education and Services, House of Representatives, has received with concern the decision of the Federal Government to reopen schools on January 18, 2021.
“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed; but now that it hovers well above 1,000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to schools resumption without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?”