The Ministry of Education of Cross River State has failed the Ministry of Health announcement, ordering all colleges in the country to be shut down inside the coronavirus report. Commissioner Dr Betta Edu banned any public meeting that has more than 100 people like a political rally, and ordered all schools to be closed. Dr Edu clarified that the Federal Government’s procurement was in compliance with the directives.
“This is to inform the General Public that because of the directives of the Federal Government of Nigeria to make sure that all modalities are put in place to prevent/manage spread of the COVID-19 global outbreak in Nigeria, all gatherings/events involving over a hundred (100) persons in a specific place at a specific time should be avoided.
Nevertheless, the Commissioner for Education, Dr. Godwin Amanke, in a statement released Monday and made available to NAIJABASIN and entitled: ‘COVID-19 Pandemic along with the closure in Cross River State’ expressed frustration at the Commissioner for Health’s announcement of a CLOSURE of state schools’ The Cross River State Ministry of Education wants to clear the air inside the COVID-19 pandemic
“The Ministry of Education nevertheless states in very specific terms that we would not shut down their colleges, both public and private, which include CRUTECH, College of Education, Akamkpa, Institute of Technology and Management Ugep and College of Health Technology, Calabar. ‘To avert upsetting the academic calendar of schools under the jurisdiction of our government, examinations have begun in earnest.
“Nevertheless, the Ministry has concluded arrangements with medical specialists from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital and the General Hospital, Calabar and other related practitioners to conduct public education on the COVID-19 pandemic in different schools and colleges across the country,” he said.
Dr Amanke clarified that his ministry is joining hands with Nigerians across the nation in an attempt to curb the spread of the outbreak, but wishes to warn that that false alarms and pre-competitive behavior will merely further agitate their country’s public and lead to needless panic.