The Lagos State Government has directed tertiary Institutions in the State to resume from the 14th of September month.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who made this known while briefing newsmen at the Lagos House Marina on the gradual ease of the covid-19 lockdown said his administration was working on the re-opening of primary and Secondary schools from the 21st of this month.
The Governor however emphasised that the directive is subject to review based on advisory from the Ministry of health.
“We are pleased to announce that tertiary institutions will reopen from September 14, 2020. However, as regards Primary and Secondary Schools, we are working towards reopening these institutions anytime from September 21, 2020. This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to a review of our ongoing modelling of the State’s response to the pandemic” He said.
On the opening of the airspace for international flight into and out of the Country, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he would be working with the Ministry of Aviation on landings at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, while he would also be hosting officials of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, in the next few days to fine tune the arrangements.
The Governor said for now, the hospitality sector is still locked down but promised that a review would be conducted on the possible date of opening in September.
He said ten private laboratories have so far been accredited to conduct Covid-19 tests in addition to the four govenment facilities working round the clock.
The Governor who reminded Lagosians that the coronavirus is still very much active, urged them to continue to take necessary precautionary measures, noting that the decline in the numbers of infection recorded in the State in the last few weeks was due to concerted efforts and these should not be taken for granted.
“The fact that we have been seeing a gradual easing of the lockdown does not mean that we are now returning to our old way of doing things. The easing you are seeing is the outcome of a careful and deliberate attempt to ensure that livelihoods are not crippled by the overwhelmingly disruptive impact of the virus. It is certainly not an invitation to carelessness or nonchalance. We must all continue to adhere to the guidelines as outlined by the health authorities: Wear a mask in all public places, maintain physical distancing as much as possible, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid handshakes and hugs, and avoid mass gatherings” the Governor said.