The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced fumigation of all public schools across the six Area Councils of the nation’s capital ahead of school resumption slated for Monday 11th, October, 2020.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, while performing a symbolic exercise at the Government Junior Secondary School, Garki said that the exercise was aimed at protecting and save guiding pupils, students and management staff of public schools against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Aliyu also used the occasion to call on operators of private schools in the territory to carry out the same exercise before school resumption while also tasked parents and guardians to ensure that their wards are properly kitted before going to school.
According to her; “We are here to symbolically flag off the fumigation exercise as collectively decided and championed by the Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello. Earlier in the day, we had a press conference on the need for the schools to be opened on Monday for academic activities.
“So, to that effect and in adherence to extant rules of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure that there are adequate safety and care for our children. So we are embarking on the fumigation of our schools.
“The Minister is also doing the same thing at JSS Jabi. So, from today, the whole public schools in the Federal Capital Territory will be simultaneously fumigated until Monday when we are ready for resumption”.
While speaking on the fate of private schools, the minister said, “As for the private schools, of course, there is a criteria for resumption and most of them are complying. And any school found wanting, there are standards for disciplinary action to be taken. But for now, we are good to go”.
Also, the principal of Government Junior Secondary School, Garki, Mrs. Mohammed Fatima, expressed the preparedness of her school to resume academic activities as announced by the authorities.
Her words; “We are very prepared as you can see for yourself. We are perfectly prepared. The grasses are trimmed, fumigation is going on, we have our wash hand basins, sanitizers, liquid soaps and face masks. In short everything is on ground”.