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Resumption: MSSN urges govts to enforce COVID-19 protocols in Schools

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Following the directive on school resumption, the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, has advised governments across all levels to be cautious in the wake of coronavirus resurgence in the country.

The Amir of MSSN Lagos State Area Unit, Miftahudeen Thanni, gave the advice in a press statement. He specifically urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure that the coronavirus guidelines are implemented in schools.

Recall that despite being an epicentre, with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, Lagos State Government had approved that all public and private schools in the state below tertiary level should resume on Monday, January 18, 2021, for the second term 2020/2021 academic session.

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However, Thanni also implored the state government to embrace digital learing in order to reduce the risk of students and staff contracting the virus.

Thanni urged parents and guardians to monitor the activities of their wards closely during this period.

He implored teachers and other principal officers to ensure precautionary measures against COVID-19 put in place by school,s management and governments are adhered to.

Meanwhile, the MSSN Lagos has joined other Muslim communities to commiserate with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakr Sa’d, over the demise of his younger brother, Abdulkadir Jeli Abubakar III. Until his death, Abdulkadir was a serving Commissioner for Home Affairs in Sokoto State.

The leadership of the student body admonished the bereaved to remain steadfast and encouraged the family to imbibe the teachings of Islam in this unusual moment in life.

“It is our prayer that Allah showers His all-encompassing blessing on the departed soul,” Thanni said.

He also warned against religious incitement in any form whatsoever as witnessed in some quarters, saying, “This must henceforth stop because it will do us no good other than to disunite us as a nation.”

The student leader also implored the people of Zango Kataf and oter residents of Southern Kaduna “to sue for peace to forestall the recurrence of social unrest in that environment”.

He, however, tasked government to “beef up security in the area and put an end to the varieties of crimes that are on the increase in our society”.

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