Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State Governor on Monday, insisted that schools in the state would not reopen.
Umahi, who spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital, during the virtual signing of the state Revised 2020 Budget into the law, said if the states of the federation are opening schools for teaching and learning, Ebonyi State will not join them until all necessary measures are put in place to safeguard pupils and teachers against the coronavirus pandemic.
The state 2020 budget was reduced from N178.366bn to N131.847bn following the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
“Let me make it clear that Ebonyi schools will not open now. If every state is opening their schools, Ebonyi will not follow them. We have started the process to see how we can reopen and the process is to use the communities to clear all the schools; primary schools and secondary schools and then send medical teams to look at them and then they do sample testing of the teachers.
“Our medical teams will teach the teachers about COVID-19 protocol. We will look at the syllabus of our primary schools and secondary schools and they will be reviewed by the teachers.”