Enugu Commences Decontamination Of 297 Schools Ahead Of Resumption

The Enugu State government, Friday, began comprehensive decontamination and fumigation of all secondary schools in the state ahead of resumption of academic activities. The exercise is being carried out by the Enugu State Fire Service. Recall that all education institutions in the state were shut on March 24, 2020, to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The state education commissioner, Prof Uche Eze, who briefed newsmen at the flag-off of the exercise at Queens’ School, Enugu, said Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi directed that ‘all our schools should be decontaminated and fumigated in preparation for resumption’, adding that, ‘it is to ensure that when the students and teachers are back to schools, they will be safe to learn in conducive environment’. He revealed that the exercise would be completed on or before the evening of Monday, August 3, 2020.

In his words, “Gov Ugwuanyi’s administration has utilized the four months of break in academic activities to renovate and expand our school facilities to ensure that we have enough space for our children to maintain social distancing when they return to schools. His Excellency himself moved round schools to inspect our state of readiness.”

The chairman of Enugu State Post-Primary Schools Management Board, Barr Nestor Ezeme, during the event, said, “Gov Ugwuanyi, during the four months of lockdown, had paid our teachers, totaling 11,000 in number, their salaries, from the 22nd to the 23rd of every month. The teachers are coming back to schools, ready and much energized.”

The state chief fire officer, Engr Okwudiri Ohaa, who is leading the exercise, stated that the decontamination and fumigation exercise would be carried out simultaneously in about 297 secondary schools.

He told THE WHISTLER that, “We are sure that on or before evening of Monday, we will complete it. The state fire service offices at different local government areas have been mobilized to carry out the exercise. The schools will be ready for students and their teachers to be safe when they return.”

He commended Gov Ugwuanyi’s efforts towards enhancing the standard of education in the state as well as equipping the state fire agency with state-of-the-arts facilities.