The Nigerian government on Monday said it never agreed with state governments for schools to reopen on Monday January 18, 2021.
There was apprehension nationwide as schools reopened in at least 27 states.
Minister of Education Adamu Adamu Saud in Abuja that the federal government did not reach an agreement with states on the anticipated review of the date of resumption.
He said the Federal government was against the date but had to succumb to pressure from the states.
He said: “We sat down, looked at the numbers, and we made the decision not to open schools.
Unfortunately, since it’s supposed to be a joint decision. We have to say this, but you have to realize that the schools we’re talking about have just about 100 out of thousands of schools across the country.
The schools are under state authority, and just as the PTF was unanimous in arguing that schools should not be opened, states were unanimous in opening schools. So, we have to negotiate and we will track what is going on on a regular basis as a PTF. Again, there may be a review.”