Most of the schools in Nigeria resumed academic activities today, for the second term of 2020/2021 academic year.

This resumption cuts across almost all the states in the country from Lagos, Imo , Abia, Borno etc. and even the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

Many people welcomed the idea of reopening schools arguing that Covid-19 will stay with us for a very long time and so it is necessary to devise ways to live our normal lives while also managing the virus outbreak.

However, others are not comfortable with the decision of the government to reopen schools, arguing that the lives of their children are being put in danger. This is because they believe that the children may not be able to maintain social distancing, cannot avoid touching their faces, may not have the patience to wear their nose masks or face shields throughout the duration of their classes.

In Lagos today, Monday 18th January, 2021, school children were seen going to school with their nose masks, face shields, etc.
Some schools l passed today on my way to work, were strictly adhering to the government guidelines on COVID-19, while others were not. The pupils and their teachers were also seen observing these protocols. That was very commendable.

In my School at “Lextorah School of Languages”, Yaba, Lagos, we were not left out of keeping these safety protocols. All the tutors were given face shield to wear. While the students also wore the proper gears. Tables were all removed to avoid closeness. The seating arrangements were properly done and social distancing maintained. All the students had their body temperatures taken before being allowed into the school. Hand sanitizers and face masks were all used.

No one knows when this COVID-19 will end. So, l think it is very necessary that we do all in our power to ensure that we are as safe as possible.

Vaccines are already being administered in countries like the United States of America, United Kingdom, Israel etc. Most of the vaccines administered are the first doses. In few weeks, the second dose will also be given for maximum protection. Some of my friends and family members who are residing in these countries have taken the first dose and are eagerly waiting for the second. This l believe will help to reduce the effect of this virus in these countries.

Nigeria is yet to get the vaccines. So preventive measures are taken against this virus. In our church yesterday, Sunday, 17th January, 2021, at “St. Thomas More Catholic Chaplaincy, Unilag“, some herbal substances were sold to help people keep safe and to boost their immunity. It is called ‘GiGaTuLe‘, which stands for:
‘Gi’ for Ginger;
‘Ga’ for Garlic;
‘Tu’ for Turmeric and
‘Le’ for lemon.

They are used as supplements to boost our body systems against infectious diseases. It also helps to reduce inflammation and prevents respiratory infections. All these are natural products. To use them, you will boil all of them together. Then, extract the liquid and thereafter, take it as juice.

Rev. Fr. Paul Akin-Otiko, the St Thomas More’s Chaplain, is in charge of these herbs. He requests that we shared with him on Twitter, using “#addGiGaTuLe” on how we are managing to beat this virus.
Whatever you are doing or taking to keep safe can be shared. This will benefit other people.

👉 Let’s have your thoughts about this School Resumption. Are you in support of it or you will like the government to extend it? Please drop your answers on the comment section🙏.

May God continue to keep and protect us. May He save us, cure those suffering from this virus at the moment, and console those that their loved ones have died from it. Above all, may He take this virus away from this Earth. Amen.
Please stay healthy, keep safe.

Akudo Mgbemere

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