ABUJA, July 6 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government on Monday said the disinfection of schools to curb the spread of COVID-19 will begin across the country on Tuesday in preparation for class resumption.
The decontamination exercise will make schools safe for learning activities, Minister of Environment Muhammad Mahmood told reporters here, adding an earlier plan to carry out disinfection was delayed for lack of personnel.
He said another reason for the delay was that chemical disinfectants were not long-lasting.
"It is better to disinfect and decontaminate within a short period of time so that the kids will be going back into these classes when they have been freshly decontaminated," the official added.
Schools were shut down across the country on March 19 due to the pandemic. Some school authorities have adopted alternative learning modes for students at all levels.
On June 29, the government announced its plan of class resumption for students in graduating classes.