Ebola: Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun resume schools.

In compliance with the directive of state governments and respective chapters of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), teachers and students in public and private primary and secondary schools in some states, including Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun will today report to their respective schools to resume academic activities for the 2014/2015 session.

The about three months extended break, owing to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, which ends today in some states in the South-West, comes on the heels of assurances and renewed efforts of state governments to provide anti-Ebola gadgets, kits and amenities to stem EVD outbreak when schools resume.

In Lagos, the chairman of NUT, Mr Segun Raheem, at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting held in Lagos, on Tuesday confirmed that the union members were ready to resume work today.

“We have had a stakeholders’ meeting, and looked at what has been put in place by the government. Where there is no water, arrangements have been made. We have now forwarded our decision to our national office, and it has been ratified. So I can confirm to you that we will resume in earnest on Wednesday,” Mr Raheem said.

Similarly, teachers and students in Oyo State will resume school, noting the preventive efforts of the state government at preventing Ebola virus outbreak.

The Oyo State NUT also urged teachers to make good use of the materials said to have been supplied to schools in the state and endeavour to promote broad and widest sensitisation on the Ebola virus among the school children on resumption.

The union, however, charged government in the state to sustain sensitisation efforts and improve upon the provision of requisite health facilities to schools with a view to promoting hygienic living conditions in public schools.

Schools in Osun State will also be opened today, in accordance with a directive and assurance by the state government that all necessary measures are being put in place to prevent the  spread of the Ebola epidemic in not only the schools, but the state at large.

Today’s resumption of schools in Ogun State is being observed, following assurances by the government that necessary steps had been put in place like the training of over 12,000 teachers, in both private and public schools, and procurement of  a number of gadgets like infrared thermometer, hand gloves, sanitisers, water, among others, to be distributed to schools.


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