The Federal government of Nigeria has described as fake a statement which puts the resumption of schools nationwide in November 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Ministry of Education in a statement by the Director of Press, Ben Goong, asked Nigerians to disregard the November resumption date for primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country due to Covid-19, as being circulated in the social media.

Goong said that the stated period of resumption did not originate from the ministry, and added that the memo was a figment of the imagination of the author.

The director of press at the ministry highlighted inconsistencies in the release, noting that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu could not have signed a memo for an interview granted by the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono.

Goong said that the ministry has disowned the press statement circulating in the social media that schools will reopen in November, 2020, and that it is the “handwork of an illiterate, who, going by the content of the release, also appears to be mentally unstable”.

The ministry asked parents, students and the general public to disregard the press release in its entirely saying efforts are on high gear to track the author of the release for prosecution.