The federal government has disclosed that schools nationwide will soon be opened but didn't give any particular date when the reopening of schools will take place.



The Minister of state for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, made the clarification on Thursday 21 May,  during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 news conference in Abuja.



Following rumours making the round the Federal Government would reopen schools in the next two weeks.



But Nwajiuba while responding to questions from the media on when the government’s plans to reopen schools said that schools would be reopened when the safety of the school children could be guaranteed.



"We all are seriously interested in reopening and I believe we will reopen soon. But I can’t confirm what your children said that we will reopen in two weeks.



"The issue around reopening has nothing to do with the availability of the schools or not. It has to do with national governance.



"The five countries of West African Examination Council (WAEC) are meeting and I just came out of a meeting with African Union (AU) Ministers of Education, everybody is concerned as you are. We hope to reopen very soon.



"This morning, I met with the Ministry of Science and Technology. We are looking at putting a system in place that can disinfect every child as he goes into a school and disinfect him as he goes out.


"If we resource our schools properly we can begin to reopen. But we must be able to ensure that the children go in safe and come out safe and not become a conduit for further infection in society."