A group of civil society organisations led by a software expert, Ibifuro Asawo, has estimated that Nigeria would need over N200bn to provide the things required for safety in schools.
According to the organisations, the research findings, contained in a two-part document, included the cost of reopening schools owned by the government and the private sector.
These estimates, the group says, include government, private schools and parents expenditures on two face masks per child daily at N100 each, hand sanitizer provision and availability of running water in schools. Government has offered schools the opportunity to assess loans as small and medium scale enterprises, SMEs from the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to meet certain financial demands.
The Nigerian government on Monday Okayed reopening of schools for final year students to enable them do the necessary revision before sitting for external examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO).