Enugu Begins Fumigation of Schools Ahead of Monday’s ResumptionFeatured, Latest News, News, News Across Nigeria, News From The State Saturday, August 1st, 2020
From Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
(AFRICAN EXMINER) – Enugu State Government has flagged off decontamination and fumigation of secondary schools in the state, ahead of resumption of academic activities.
The exercise is being carried out by the State Fire Service, led by its Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa.
Recall that Enugu State Government had on March 24, 2020, closed all educational institutions in the state, as part of measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the flag off, which took place at Queen’s School Enugu, the Commissioner for Education, Professor. Uche Eze, who monitored the exercise alongside the Chairman of Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) Barr. 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 hinted that “this is to ensure that when the students and teachers are back to schools, they will be safe to learn in conducive environment”.
The commissioner added that the exercise will take place in all the schools and will be completed on or before the evening of Monday, August 3, 2020.
He pointed out that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has utilized the four months of break in academic activities “in renovation and expansion of our school facilities to ensure that we have enough space for our children to maintain social distancing when they return to schools.
“In fact, a few days ago, His Excellency himself moved round schools to inspect our state of readiness and this decontamination and fumigation exercise, which is very important, is going to be the last stage of our preparation”, Prof. Eze said.
Also speaking, the PPSMB Chairman, Barr. Ezeme, said that “our education friendly Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi during the four months of lockdown had paid our teachers, totaling 11,000 in number their salaries, from the 22nd to the 23rd of every month”.
He said that the teachers are coming back to schools, ready and much energized, expressing optimism that their output will be maximized.
In his speech, the State Chief Fire Officer, Engr. Ohaa stated that the decontamination and fumigation exercise will be carried out simultaneously in about 297 secondary schools, saying: “We are sure that on or before evening of Monday, we will complete it”.
Engr. Ohaa revealed that the state fire service offices at different local government areas have been mobilized to carry out the exercise, reassuring that the schools will be ready “for students and their teachers to be safe when they return”.
He maintained that the Enugu State government has been consistent with the decontamination of its public places since the outbreak of COVID-19, stressing that “there is no other state that is as consistent as Enugu State”.
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