Despite the directives by the Federal Ministry of Education that schools should close in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, normal activities continued unabated in schools in the Kogi State capital, Lokoja and other adjoining towns on Friday.
Aside the shunning of the closure orders, the Lokoja market day, which takes place every other five days, went on in full swing.
Normal activities commenced at the United Evangelical Church (UEC) Nursery and Primary School and the Living Faith Church owned Heritage Model School (KHMS) located in the Lokongoma, Phase 1 area.
Pupils of KHMS are writing their second term examinations, which is to end next Friday.
Findings showed that activities in others schools in and around Lokoja, including the St. Delisle College and Bishop Crowther Memorial College, are in full swing.
While at the Federal University Lokoja, the ongoing ASUU two-weeks warning strike has halted teaching, lectures at the Kogi State Polytechnic main campus, in Felele, was ongoing as at the time of filing this report.
A teacher at the KHMS who maintained that the school closure order was not directed at private institutions, went spiritual in countering any possibility of the COVID-19 virus affect.
The teacher, who preferred that her name not be mentioned, added that the school management was yet to issue any directive along the closure directive by the ministry.
According to her: “It is Federal and Unity schools that are affected by the government schools’ closure announcement, and not applicable to private schools. That is our position. No weapon fashioned against us shall prosper.”