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Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of state for Education has disclosed that discussions and deliberations about the reopening of tertiary institutions across the country are still in progress.

He stated this during the PTF on COVID-19 daily briefing held in Abuja on Monday. According to him, the FG has gotten reports from every university concerning their preparedness to resume academic activities and are already making considerations.

However, the PTF on COVID-19 chairman, Boss Mustapha, has warned states that have announced the resumption dates of their schools about the dangers in reopening schools at the moment. He said it was still not safe for schools to reopen now as everyone should cooperate with the Federal Government's plan on easing the lockdown gradually to make things work out well.

In a related development, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked against plans to reopen tertiary institutions. ASUU in a statement said that it was dangerous and suicidal for schools to reopen at the moment.

The Lagos Zone coordinator of the union, Prof. Olusoji Sowande who spoke on behalf of ASUU at a press briefing on Monday said schools are not safe to reopen because the Federal Government had not fully combated the spread of the Coronavirus. He also disclosed that most schools do not have adequate facilities on ground to help curb the virus once schools reopen.

Prof. Sowande in addition, announced emphatically that the ASUU strike which started in March was still ongoing and that they would only call it off if their demands are met.

The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 finally said that the next phase of the ease of lockdown will be announced publicly on Thursday.

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