Akwa Ibom State has fixed September 21, 2020, for the commencement of processes for the resumption of academic activities in the state-owned institutions of higher learning including its University, College of Education, and public Primary Schools.
Similarly, 28 September has been fixed for the resumption of full academic activities in secondary schools while the state-owned Polytechnic will commence academic activities on the 5th of October, 2020.
The State Commissioner for Information, Ini Ememobong, announced this while briefing reporters on the resolutions of the state Executive Council meeting of September 18, 2020, presided over by the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel at Government House, Uyo.
He said that the State Executive Council has directed private schools in the state to initiate preparations for the resumption of full academic activities from September 21, 2020, and to review compliance with COVID-19 protocols with parents.
Ememobong emphasised that resumption for public primary schools is strictly for Primary 6 pupils to enable them to prepare for the forthcoming Common Entrance Examination.
“Primary schools are to commence processes for the resumption of pupils in the exiting class on the 21st of September, 2020. This is to enable them to prepare for the Common Entrance Examination.
“Public secondary schools are to reopen on the 28th of September while private schools are to commence processes for their resumption on the 21st of September.
“All private schools must ensure full compliance with the government-set COVID-19 protocols and review the same with parents.
“The State University will commence processes for the resumption of academic activities on the 21st of September, 2020, while the state-owned polytechnic will resume for full academic activities on the 5th of October.
“The State College of Education in Afaha Nsit will commence preparations for resumption on the 21st of September”.
Speaking further, the commissioner said that the Council also directed the immediate commencement of construction work on the waterlogged portion of the IBB Avenue in Uyo.
He told journalists that the contract for the road rehabilitation has been awarded, adding that the project would commence soon saying that the council has directed the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Charles Udoh to keep an eye on the project to ensure job specification and early completion.
Ememobong said that the Executive Council also congratulated the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uwemedimo Nwoko Esq. on his elevation as the first Live Bencher from Akwa Ibom state, wishing him successes in the legal profession.