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Oyo State, governor, Seyi Makinde, has said schools in the state may resume on July 15, despite a warning from the Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus that schools across the country should remain shut.

Mr Makinde said the government will reopen schools by July 15, a “drop-dead date.”

Mr Makinde disclosed this during a special Programme to mark the Workers’ day celebration at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State branch, in Agodi, Ibadan, the state capital.

“I was having a discussion with private school owners and the schools are all closed. They rely on the school fees to pay the teachers they have employed. Now, the children are at home, they have to keep the teachers but there is no fund to pay.

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“My idea is, we need to let the parents know that this period that their children are at home, we take it as their long vacation. We have a drop-dead date of July 15th. We are hopeful that we will be able to open the schools by July 15th and if we do that, they will complete the two weeks of the second term and immediately start the third term.

“This means there would not be any long holiday again and they will just flip around and start the next (term),” he said.

The state has 29 confirmed cases of Coronavirus.

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