The House of Representatives has disagreed with the Federal Government’s decision to ask schools across the country to reopen on Monday, January 18, 2020.
While claiming that it was not consulted by the FG over the matter, the reps claimed it is unwise to reopen schools amidst the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The reps, therefore, asked the government to rescind its decision by postponing the date of resumption by three months in order to put in place, necessary safety measures.
Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, disclosed these to The Punch on Saturday.
“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,” he said.
Ihonvbere, earlier in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, on behalf of his committee, expressed the concerns of the reps over the issue.
“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 reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?” it read.