Schools in Rivers State will reopen on Oct. 5, as Rivers Executive Council approves the reopening of schools in the state.
Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information and Communications revealed this in a statement on Saturday.
According to him, the Council took the decision at an emergency session chaired by Gov. Nyesom Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said that the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku, announced the date for reopening of schools at the end of the meeting.
He also quoted Ebeku as saying that all Secondary Schools, Vocational Schools, Universities and other Tertiary Institutions were affected by the directive.
It, however, stated that Council did not approve the reopening of primary schools based on expert medical advice.
Ebeku said that Council also approved the setting up of a Seven-member Taskforce to monitor and enforce compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the various schools.
The Taskforce has the Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt, Ambassador Desmond Akawor as Chairman, while Mr. Rufus Godwins, Head of the State Civil Service and Commissioner for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike will serve as members.
The Commissioner for Social Welfare, Mrs. Inime Aguma, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Nwankpa and Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim are to serve as members.
The Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku is to serve as Secretary.