From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
As schools across Kogi state reopens on Monday, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Wemi Jones has task school authorities to be proactive in ensuing clean environment for conducive learning and teaching.
The commissioner also directed all the schools to embark on routine fumigation of their schools compound as part of the measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
On the fumigation exercise at Abdulaziz Atta Memorial College (AMCO), Okene, the commissioner enjoined principals of schools to ensure that school premises were conducive and safe for learners.
He stressed the need for the school management to do their own bit by taking responsibility to clear grasses in their premises to ensure a clean, safe and conducive environment.
”Governor Bello has given the marching order to fumigate all schools in the state and for me to personally take it up myself is to tell you the seriousness the governor’s marching order carries.
”We are going to ensure that no school is left out in the state in the fumigation exercise.
”Yesterday we started the fumigation in Lokoja. Today, I led a team to Kogi Central and the Permanent Secretary led another team to Kogi West in Okun land.
”The two team will be going to Kogi East on Saturday so that we can quickly cover as many schools as possible.
”It may not be possible to fumigate all schools in the state before resumption of schools for exit classes on Aug. 10 but we will ensure we use consecutive weekends until all schools are fumigated,” he said.
The Commissioner thanked the governor for his pro-activeness in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, and for giving the ministry the necessary support.
Asides using the Motorised Modular Fumigator, the ministry also used manual fumigators to fumigate the school premises against reptiles.
Schools fumigated in Kogi Central included: Govt. Sci. Sec. Sch., Ogaminana, Ebira Comm. Sec. Sch., Okene, and LGEA Catholic Sch. Adavi.
Others were: Local Govt. Sec. Sch. Agassa, LGEA Sch, Anyava, Agassa, Queen of Apostle College,, and LG Sec. Sch Ohiana, Okene, among others.
In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, who led a team to ,who led to the Western Senatorial District of the state, expressed his satisfaction with the level of preparedness and sensitisation towards the reopening of schools in Kogi State.
Some of the schools fumigated included: St. Agustin’s College Kabba, St’monica College Kabba, Federal Govt. College Kabba and Okoru.Gbede High School.
Others were Okebukun Bunu High Sch., LGEA Pry Sch., St Barth Pry Sch., Odo-Ape, UBE Junior Sec. Sch. Okebunu, LGEA Pry/Sec. Demonstration Sch. Kabba Bunu, among others.