Coronavirus: FG begins decontamination of 19,000 schools nationwide


Unity schools across the country will be disinfected in preparation for their resumption, FG has disclosed

Minister of environment, Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, said the decontamination is in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education

The minister made the disclosure after the Nigerian government approved a safe reopening of schools

In preparation for the resumption of students, the federal government announced that it has begun disinfecting 19,000 unity schools.

Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, the minister of environment, speaking in Kaduna said that the decontamination is in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education, Daily Trust reports.

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He revealed that this will be done immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir break, adding that personnel will be mounting surveillance in some of the exam centers.

The environment minister stated that the disinfection will begin with federal government colleges and then schools that will host the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

According to Abubakar, the ministries have put in place a sustainable system that will protect the health of learners and their caregivers at all educational levels.

While urging parents to ensure that their wards are properly kitted with face masks during the examination, the minister reassured them of the safety and well-being of the students.

He said: “Starting with the Federal Government Colleges (Unity schools) and then some of the schools that will host the Senior School Certificate Examination, numbering about 19, 000, whereas the unity schools will be subjected to thorough decontamination/disinfection in the coming days immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir sallah break preparatory for their reopening on 4th August, 2020, our personnel will be mounting surveillance in some of the examination centers.

“This will include decontaminating examination halls at the end of every examination session.”

Abubakar went on to note that the decontamination and disinfection this time around will entail the use of globally accepted formulations, friendly to the environment and people.

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The minister appealed to the state governments to make sure that schools are regularly decontaminated and disinfected by licensed environmental health officers.

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Recall that as the second phase of eased lockdown ended on Monday, June 29, the federal government approved what it called “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in order to curtail further spread of COVID-19.

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday, June 29, at the ongoing daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

Earlier, reported that as flights resumed after months of lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 crisis, the federal government through the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has given out safety protocols passengers are expected to observe at the airports.

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The protocols are contained in a video shared by the airport authority body on Monday, July 6, via its official Twitter handle.

“As we resume flight operation, please remember that your safety and security are important to us. Kindly bear with us, we would announce the date for the international operations very soon,” FAAN said in a two-minute video.

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