Enugu de­con­tam­i­nates schools ahead re­sump­tion

Weekly Trust - - News - Tony Adibe, Enugu

The Enugu State Gov­ern­ment has flagged off de­con­tam­i­na­tion and fu­mi­ga­tion of 297 sec­ondary schools in the state in prepa­ra­tion for the re­sump­tion of aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the com­pre­hen­sive ex­er­cise is be­ing con­ducted by the State Fire Ser­vice, led by its Chief Fire Of­fi­cer, Engr. Ok­wudiri Ohaa. Daily Trust Satur­day re­calls that the state gov­ern­ment on 24th March, closed all ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in the state, as part of proac­tive mea­sures to con­tain the spread of the Coro­n­avirus Dis­ease (COVID-19).

The state gov­ern­ment di­rected all pub­lic of­fi­cers/civil ser­vants to work from home till fur­ther notice, ex­cept those on es­sen­tial ser­vices, and has been pay­ing them salaries, in­clud­ing the teach­ers, as at when due, since then.

How­ever, brief­ing news­men af­ter the flag off, which took place at Queen’s School Enugu on Fri­day, the Com­mis­sioner for Ed­u­ca­tion, Prof. Uche Eze, who mon­i­tored the ex­er­cise along­side the Chair­man of Post Pri­mary

Schools Man­age­ment Board (PPSMB) Nestor Ezeme, said that it was Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi’s di­rec­tives that “all our schools, class­rooms, dor­mi­to­ries and school premises should be de­con­tam­i­nated and fu­mi­gated in prepa­ra­tion for re­sump­tion.”

Prof. Eze said: “this is to en­sure that when the stu­dents and teach­ers are back to schools, they will be safe to learn in a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment”, adding that the ex­er­cise will take place in all the schools and will be com­pleted on or be­fore the evening of Mon­day, Au­gust 3, 2020.

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