Rivers state Governor – Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has officially announced date for the reopening of schools in the state.
Governor Wike made the decision on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Government House, Port Harcourt, after the state Execute Council meeting.
While the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku made the announcement that all schools should resume on the 5th of October while briefing journalists at the end of the meeting.
According to him, all Secondary Schools, Vocational Schools, Universities and other Tertiary Institutions are affected by the directive.
He however stated that Council did not approve the reopening of primary schools based on expert medical advice.
Professor Ebeku added that Council also approved the setting up of a Seven-man Taskforce to monitor and enforce the compliance of Covid-19 protocols in the various schools.
The Taskforce, he said, has the Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt, Ambassador Desmond Akawor as Chairman while Mr. Rufus Godwins, Head of the State Civil Service, Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike, Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs. Inime Aguma, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Nwankpa and Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim are to serve as members.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku is to serve as Secretary.