The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education has dismissed claims it has directed schools to reopen immediately.

Schools have been on mandatory holiday since mid March due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country and over the weekend, a circular was allegedly making the rounds on social media with claims that the Ministry is asking schools to resume with immediate effect.

As such, the Director of Press in the Ministry, Ben Goong, has come out to say no such directive was given by the Minister, Adamu Adamu. In a chat with newsmen, Goong said:

“On the issue of reopening of schools, the ministry has not directed the reopening of any school at any level. The purported press release by the minister to that effect is a clear forgery as it did not emanate from the minister.  Parents, students and the general public are advised to please disregard the fake release. There is also another story making the rounds that the Federal Government has blamed the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on vice-chancellors. At no time did any Federal Government official make that kind of statement.

Any insinuation in that direction is simply emanating from the fertile imagination of the author and that the ministry has nothing whatsoever to do with it. Stakeholders and indeed the general public should disregard such statements. Stay at home, stay safe. Let’s work from home like I’m doing. Only the living can work or worship.”