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COVID-19: Ebonyi sets August resumption date for schools



Schedules LG polls on Aug. 15

EBONYI State Government has said that  schools would reopen in the state between August and September.

  Gov. David Umahi stated this during the virtual Executive Council Meeting in Abakaliki, yesterday.

According to him, the scheduled school resumption will be done in phases.

“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. And the process will be, the king David academy will be starting first, I am 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 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,” he said.

Umahi also that government will train the teachers and students on COVID-19 protocols before the schools resume, adding that the teachers will also undergo COVID-19 tests.

“Reopening of schools will start with cleaning of the schools, and every school we clean, we will fumigate it, 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 schools start, we will have trained personnel to teach the children on COVID-19 protocols at least for the first one week. COVID-19 is real and we need to be very careful. It is not just to start schools and all that, even if Nigerians should miss one academic year and stay alive. The essence of everything we are doing is life, and we wouldn’t want our children to start school without proper awareness,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC), yesterday, announced it would hold the state’s local government election on August 15.

The announcement is coming on the heels of Gov. David Umahi’s recent lifting the ban for the conduct of the election with directives on EBSIEC to carry out all electoral activities to pave way for the emergence of new chairmen.

The election is to be conducted in the 13 local government areas and 171 wards of the state.

Chairman of EBSIEC, Josy Eze, made this known while in a meeting with political parties.

13 political parties will be participating in the scheduled local government election.

The chairman of the commission, however, assured that all political parties will be given equal playing ground to participate in the scheduled local government election.

  It will be recall that the election was earlier scheduled to hold last April 25th but was cancelled by the governor as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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