Ebonyi State Government says plans are on the way to reopen schools in the State but the new college known as King David Gifted Academy located at the Ochudo City shall commence before other schools.
In readiness to the opening of the schools, the state Governor, Engr. David Umahi directed caretaker council chairmen, Development Center Coordinators traditional rulers as well as town union executive to clear public schools in their area.
Umahi spoke on Tuesday at the new Government House Abakaliki and said that first week of the resumption will be used to train the students and pupils on the Covid-19 protocol.
“The public should note that Ebonyi state will reopen her schools immediately, not in the month of July, we have to start the process that will lead us probably to reopen our schools between August and September.
“The King David Academy will be starting first, I’m directing that all the coordinators, the Chairmen of all the 13 LGAs , traditional rulers, town union presidents, should use local people to clear all the secondary schools, primarily schools. They should clear that, it has been happening before, everything is not government.”
“So let us get them cleared, when we do that, I want Commissioner for education, SSA on Higher education to note very specially that this is the time to develop e-syllables, starting with the teachers, this is the opportunity to develop e- learning that we have been talking about.”
“Reopening of schools will start with cleaning of the schools, and every school we clean we will fumigate, and then do random test on the teachers. We will also deploy health workers to mount awareness within the communities where the school is situated.”
“When school start, we would have trained personnel to teach the children on Covid-19 protocols at least for the first one week. This covid-19 is real and we need to be very careful. It is not just to start school and all that, even if Nigerians should miss one academic year and stay alive, it worth it. The essence of everything we are doing is life, and we wouldn’t want our children to start school without proper awareness.
“I want HAGI to note, we have to revoke every rights of Uburu Presbyterian joint Hospital they have overridden public interest and government shall take it and make it EBSU General Hospital or EBSU Community General Hospital so that we will not have to start building another community health center as the requirement for the EBSU college of Medicine. So we have to take over from today as approved by exco. HAGI do the necessary thing with the Commissioner for Health, and bring to the next exco so that we will send documents to the House of Assembly for approval.