The Rivers State Government has agreed to reopen universities, other tertiary institutions, as well as secondary and vocational schools in the state on Monday, 5 October 2020.
This was conveyed to the newsmen by the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku.
The Rivers Government made the decision to reopen schools at the end of an emergency State Executive Council meeting on Friday and presided over by Governor Nyesom Wike in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Speaking to newsmen, Ebeku said pointed that only primary schools will not open.
“The council approved that schools in the State reopen on the 5th of October, 2020, with only the following – all secondary schools in the state, vocational schools in the state, universities and other tertiary institutions.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the council based on expert medical advice did not approve the reopening of primary schools in the state, which would await a new date in the future,” Ebeku stated.
The commissioner said the council also approved the setting up of a seven-man taskforce to monitor and enforce the compliance of COVID-19 protocols in the various schools.
He said the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Amb. Desmond Akawor, would serve as the task force Chairman, while himself (Ebeku) is the Secretary.
Also speaking, the Information and Communications Commissioner, Paulinus Nsirim, said restaurants, cinemas, and parks will open between 6am and 9pm daily.
Nsirim, however, said nightclubs, bars, the Oil Mill market as well as the slaughter market at Oginigba, both in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state remain closed till further notice.