Lagos schools to resume October 8 – Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Sunday directed public primary and secondary schools in the state to start academic activities on October 8.

The schools were scheduled to open on September 22.

Mr. Fashola made the announcement at an interactive session with principals, vice principals, head teachers and teachers in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos.

He directed principals, vice principals, and teachers to reopen schools on September 22 for the distribution and supply of preventive materials against the Ebola Virus Disease in all schools ahead of the new resumption date.

He said that the new date was to allow smooth distribution of all necessary materials to the schools.

“We will use from tomorrow (September 22) as getting ready week.

“My proposal is that tomorrow, the principals, the teachers and the district heads get to the schools and sort out what else is missing.

“We will use from tomorrow through the week, to get the schools ready. This week is getting ready week.

“Academic work I propose, instead of starting and stopping, should start immediately after the Sallah festival, on October 8,” he said.

The governor said he was also scared of the disease just as the teachers were but was determined to overcome it.

He said medical personnel have declared the state safe of Ebola and, therefore, the schools were safe to commence normal academic activities.

“I am not afraid or ashamed to tell you that I was scared of the Ebola disease. I am not ashamed to say it but being afraid does not solve the problem.

“I have a job to do. If the fear overcomes me then I should leave the job, so I do not allow the fear to overcome me.

“The doctors have told us that the schools are safe to reopen, so let us go back to our schools and observe all the preventive measures.

“We have awarded contracts to provide water in about 800 schools, over 200 have been completed,

“Whether there is Ebola or not we must provide water for the schools and make our schools safe for our children,” the governor said.

Mr. Fashola urged the schools to increase hand washing and personal hygiene exercise among the pupils and students to prevent the disease.

The Lagos State Chairman of the National Union of Teachers, Segun Raheem, commended the state government for postponing the resumption date.

Mr. Raheem told journalists, after the programme, that the governor’s decision was to ensure that the schools were ready to receive the students.

Earlier, he urged the state government to provide all necessary preventive equipment before the schools reopen.

He said that most schools in the state did not have potable water supply, while other preventive materials have not been provided ahead of the September 22 resumption date.

The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Public Health, Yewande Adeshina, said that thermoscans, a scientific instrument used to measure body temperature, have been distributed to 1688 primary and secondary schools.

Ms. Adesina said that 1007 Ebola Focal Officers in public primary schools and 668 Ebola Focal Officers in public secondary schools had been sensitised on the management of the disease.

She explained that the officers would be responsible for surveillance and monitoring of the disease in each school and interface between schools and Primary Healthcare Centres in the area if there be need.

She assured the principals and teachers that it was safe to reopen the schools.

(NAN)


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  • Bili Changa

    RAJI FASHOLA IS CONFUSED….SEE WHAT HE SAID TWO [2] DAYS AGO

    “Lagos and other South West states – besides Osun state – have directed the resumption
    of primary and secondary schools on Monday as directed by the Federal Government,
    with a stern warning from the Lagos State government (of Raji Fashola) that it will sanction
    schools that default in implementing the basic preventive measures Ebola Virus Disease EVD,
    as directed by the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau.”

    ……………….Vanguard newspaper
    (September 19th, 2014)

    • The Nationalst

      Your point sir ?

      • ifebuche

        Why reverse it again to October 8? What was all these weeks if this new one is to be called getting ready week, play-play week?

        • Solomon

          @ Ifebuche:

          Why did you reply him? You should have ignored him.
          His type does not deserve your very logical answer.
          He comes on board here to defend vile interests.
          Blind as bat his country cascades whilst he fiddles.

          • ifebuche

            omg. didn’t know better. Thanks maen. noted.

        • Jujubeans

          The governor asked that schools re-open on 22nd Sept (for staff) so that they can receive protective equipment and receive training on Ebola preventative measures. Week starting 8th October the children arrive in classrooms. Sound like excellent planning to me…. or abi training staff on Ebola and familiarizing them on the PPE equipment is play-play?

  • Otile

    Rajishnish Fashola must have heard from Ebola Tinubu to do something about Ebola Virus Disease after Gabonese fans shouted Ebola Nigeria in Libreville two days ago.

  • Atitebi

    BREAKING NEWS: PARTY CHIEF BEHEADED IN LAGOS

    A fracas at Idumota yesterday (Sunday) left a political party chieftain in Lagos beheaded.
    No country or state governed by unsteady mind ever grows to know peace or progress.
    That’s why Lagos state today is a shambles of 95% failure rate in the state university, LASU.

    Folks like you – The Nationalist or whatever you call yourself (below) – destroyed Nigeria.
    This Raji Fashola flip-flop here is too plain to warrant debate, but your mind is fatally bent.
    You can’t see or think. You’ll rather call black and black white in wretched defence of evil.

    • Folabi Adubi

      Wow, beheaded? Wow! When did Yoruba people become Boko Haram beheaders?
      This is very shocking to me. And this happened only yesterday in Lagos Island, you said?
      There is a certain coincidence here. Yesterday was also when Sanusi Lamido Sanusi –
      Emir of Kano and accused sponsor of Boko Haram visited Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu
      in Lagos. I am not suggesting anything but this eerie coincidence seems too striking.

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  • Mrs. Alarape

    Somebody should please help out Alhaji Raji Fashola. He is befuddled and clueless.
    He does not know how to think and it shows. Just two days ago he’d threatened
    to punish any school which does not resume today (Monday, Sepremeber 22nd).
    But at 6.20p.m yesternight he reversed and said no school must resume today.
    He cited Ebola to cover up his impulsiveness, but Ebola has been here for three months.
    No new Ebola case occurred last night. In other words, Raji Fashola had 3 months to plan,
    but he failed to plan, as usual, and now he throws schools, parents and wards into confusion.

    • Richard Bamiro

      “The January 2014 global study of cities in the world done by the British Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked
      Lagos, Nigeria, as the 3rd worst liveable city in the world.”

      “Lagos has degraded further from its awful status in 2012 as the 4th worst city. On a scale of 100 Lagos now has the third poorest score of 39.0 of all cities in the world assessed.”

      “The study titled ‘livability’ assessed particular characteristics of each city, such as its crime levels, the threat of conflict, the quality of medical care, the levels of censorship, the city temperature, the quality of its schools and its transport links.”

      ………British Telegraph
      (January, 2014)

    • Gideon Orkar

      He was going to open the schools until Tinubu instructed him to change the date

  • tsunami1earthquake

    What is the difference? Just a show of power by the Lagos State government.

  • Umar Jibril Abdulkadir

    Some people don’t think before they talk, I like and appreciate the courage of this gallant and focus governor, he use logical and sound reasoning to come to conclusion, imagine if the recent ebola outbreak happens in another state? Only God Knows what would have happen! But to God be the glory and may God continue to guide our leaders and the masses. Lagos is always leading by examplanary leaders. Not like the central govt – clueless and neopotic Yan iska very devisive in all ramification, May God help us from this despotic leaders

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  • Mrs. Hannah Nwanze

    Umar:

    Did you go to school at all? I don’t think so. What is courageous or gallant about this stupidity?
    Is 6.30pm on Sunday a sensible time to reverse a previously announced resumption for Monday?
    What is gallant in Raji Fashola doing this nonsense? If that is courageous, please define ‘stupidity’.
    You may have very low self-esteem not to feel insulted at all by Raji Fashola’s illiterate standard.