As the State Governments plan Reopening of schools in Nigeria, the United Nations in Nigeria has supported the need to reopen schools and has asked the state Governments to put safety first.
However, the United Nations said the COVID-19 pandemic affected 46 million primary and secondary school learners across Nigeria which resulted in the closure of schools.
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon made a statement that was issued by the Chief of Communications, Advocacy and Partnership UNICEF Nigeria, Eliana Drakopoulos, stating that safety in schools should be given utmost importance.
He further emphasized that when this is done, it will show the government’s commitment to investing in the education sector and justify the support of Nigeria in the safe schools declaration.
He encouraged state governments to put measures in place to strengthen the education sector that can resist future occurrences of pandemic situations.