FG Plans to decontaminate schools before resumption
The Federal Government has revealed plans to decontaminate schools across the country before they reopen their operations. Decontamination would focus on school settings, shelters, and other places.
President Muhammadu Buhari, during his last broadcast, said that as of May 4, the closure in Lagos, Ogun and FCT would be gradually reduced, including the daily curfew from 8pm to 6am. However, the reduction in closure did not include the reopening of schools, places of worship and other places with a probability of uncontrolled population.
Pending the reopening of schools, the Presidential Task Force (TFP) on COVID-19 urged schools to continue e-learning and e-learning until further reviews are made.
Speaking on Monday in Abuja during the PTF members’ daily briefing on COVID19, Environment Minister Muhammad Abubakar said his ministry would work with the education ministry to obtain data from schools to facilitate the decontamination process.
He said: “We are starting a decontamination and disinfection program for our schools before they open because later in the phases, I think we will get to that point where we will start opening schools.
“We will contact the federal ministry of education to make sure we have the necessary data to map out the decontamination exercise. We will focus on their school environment and their shelters.
” The minister also hinted that public spaces and offices in Ogun, Lagos and FCT were decontaminated before they reopened yesterday for business.
He said: “We decontaminated the streets in both commercial and residential areas, car parks, train stations and all that. They have been decontaminated and disinfected.
This is something standard as seen in other developed countries and we are doing the same here. ”
JAMB will also disinfect offices
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has hired the services of experts to disinfect the board’s headquarters in Abuja, 11 offices zonal and 36 state offices JAMB, in its weekly bulletin published on Monday, said that disinfection er necessary to protect his workers who would return to the office after the COVID-19 break.
The reviewing body also ordered its workers across the country to observe social distancing and the mandatory use of face masks.
The disinfection was carried out by a team from the Nigerian Environmental Health Officers Registration Council, Abuja.
Remember that the board had announced on Tuesday, March 24, the closure of its offices across the country due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, urging candidates and the general public with inquiries and complaints to visit their platforms at line.
JAMB Registrar Professor Is-haq Oloyede announced this in Abuja, noting that the board had updated its online ticketing system to be able to respond to complaints, particularly in the recently concluded 2020 Unified Tertiary Registration Exam. The UTME, which took place from March 14 to 22, had more than 1.9 million registered candidates for the exam in the 666 computer testing centers.
The board in its bulletin obtained on Monday noted that before its resumption in line with the directive of the Federal Government, it had hired the services of experts to disinfect its offices across the country. It said: “The registrar has informed management that the Head of the Federation Service had ordered that, as part of the gradual and gradual reduction of the closure measures caused by COVID-19, personnel in Grade 14 and above and those on the essential Services must resume work from May 4.
“He informed the participants that expert services had been ensured to decontaminate the various offices. All stakeholders are encouraged to continue to use the board’s online platforms to access the services, as only a few candidates would receive physical assistance for services that require biometric verification.
“The decontamination exercise took place after the virtual meeting under the supervision of the registrar. The decontamination exercise was repeated at its state and zonal offices across the country on Sunday. “EHORECON team leader Damian Mgbaramuko said the exercise went well and was commendable for the safety of the workers before the restart.
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