Rivers Approves October 5 for School Resumption

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Rivers Approves October 5 for School Resumption
Nwolu Obiajulu

The Rivers State Government has approved Monday, October 5 as resumption date for universities, other tertiary institutions, secondary and vocational schools in the state.

This was disclosed during a press briefing by Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku after an emergency State Executive Council meeting yesterday, presided by Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt.

Ebeku said the phased reopening does not permit primary schools to reopen.

He said, “The council approved that schools in the State reopen on the 5th of October, 2020, with only the following – all secondary schools in the state, vocational schools in the state, universities and other tertiary institutions.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the council based on expert medical advice did not approve the reopening of primary schools in the state, which would await a new date in the future.”

Ebeku added that the council setup a seven-man taskforce to ensure compliance of COVID-19 protocols in schools.

The state government also ratified the immediate reopening of restaurants, cinemas, and parks between 6am and 9pm daily, the Information and Communications Commissioner, Paulinus Nsirim, added

He said that nightclubs, bars, the Oil Mill market as well as the slaughter market at Oginigba, both in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state remain closed till further notice.

“Parts of the decisions reached include that public places like parks, cinemas, and restaurants will be opened, but between the hours of 6am and 9pm daily and must comply with COVID-19 protocols.

“Nightclubs and bars remain closed. Oil Mill market and Slaughter market, Oginigba also remain closed,” the commissioner added.

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