Covid-19: Lagos shelves schools’ reopening on Monday, says new date to be announced

Lagos Government has asked academic institutions operating in the state not to reopen this Monday, January 4, as earlier directed but to await a new date.

Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The decision, the government follows the suspected outbreak of the second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the state which has seen three-digit rise in confirmed positive across parts of the metropolis.

Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr Kayode Abayomi, who made this known, Sunday, in a statement, further explained that the second wave of COVID-19 would be a major determinant for the reopening of schools in the state.

“Please, recall that the Ministry of Education earlier announced 4th of January as resumption date for the second term 2020/2021 academic session, but this has since been overtaken by the turn of events due to the recent waves of Covid-19 pandemic.

“As a result of the spike in Coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Governor announced the indefinite closure of all schools. To this end, kindly be informed that a new date of resumption will be announced as soon as possible,” he said.

It would be recalled that earlier, Saturday, state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu extended the stay-at- home order for all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below to Monday, January 18, 2021 to stem the second wave of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

A statement signed by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Sunday, noted that the directive excludes staff on essential duty as well as First Responders, urging all public servants to stay safe and ensure continued adherence to all COVID-19 protocols in order to rid the State of the pandemic.

Muri-Okunola also ‘urged all staff to join the virtual Y2021 First Work Day Prayer for all Public Servants in the State via Zoom platform with Meeting ID: 857 4418 2571; Password: 100200 from 7.45a.m  on Monday, 4th January, 2021.’

“While maintaining that the service will hold online due to COVID-19, the HoS wished all staff a prosperous and fulfilling new year.”

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