JUST IN: FG approves reopening of schools, lifts ban on interstate travel

Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government has approved reopening of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19.

It has also lifted the ban placed on interstate travels with effect from July 1, provided such journeys are made outside curfew hours.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed these at the ongoing daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.

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Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, also said the government has approved the safe resumption of domestic flights in the country.

He said the reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes resume preparation for examinations.

He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to the President Muhammadu Buhari, earlier in the day.

Mustapha said, “I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020, through Midnight of Monday, 27 July 2020.

Also, speaking, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Sani Aliyu, said all primary schools and daycare centres across the Federation would still remain closed.

“All daycares and primary schools to remain closed till further evaluation,” he said.

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