Victor Akinkuolie Ado-Ekiti
In preparation for the August 10 resumption of students in final classes in Ekiti State, the government at the weekend embarked on the distributions of protective materials for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus and other communicable diseases to all public schools across the state.
Materials distributed to the schools included disinfectants, infrared thermometers, sprayers, soap, Veronica buckets and alcohol-based hand sanitizers among others.
Distributing the materials to principals and heads of schools, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Foluso Daramola, reiterated the commitment of the Fayemi-led administration to the general well-being of people in the State, particularly school age children and teachers.
He added that no stone would be left unturned towards ensuring the safety of the students who are expected to resume on Monday August 10, and others, when they subsequently resume.
The Commissioner charged principals and teachers to live up to their responsibilities, stressing the need to judiciously utilize the materials distributed by the State Government.
Daramola also stressed the importance of strict adherence to laid down guidelines and protocols for Covid-19, adding that the ban on schools’ assemblies must be noted and respected, in the interest of all.
He said that government would embark on rigorous monitoring, to ensure proper compliance with established COVID-19 protocols, to combat the spread of the deadly virus in the State.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr James Owolabi commended the State Government for his efforts at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Ekiti State
Responding, the President of the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPS) in the State, and Principal of St. Louis Grammar School, Ikere Ekiti, Mrs. Rhoda Ojo, expressed gratitude to the State Government for the good gesture, and pledged on behalf of her colleagues to ensure that the materials were judiciously utilized.
Present at the ceremony were Directors in the Ministry, principals and head of schools as well as some important stakeholders