Ogun private schools reject October 13 resumption date

The National Association of Private Schools Proprietors, Ogun State Chapter, on Tuesday faulted the Federal Government’s decision to postpone all primary and secondary schools’ resumption to October 13 in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease among children.

At a press conference held after a meeting at its secretariat in Abeokuta, the association said the government’s decision was a threat to the academic future of the children.

The chairman of the association, Abayomi Jiboku, argued that if the closure was genuine, there was no reason why tertiary institutions, churches and mosques, among others were not closed.

He said a larger number of people converged at these places than at primary and secondary schools.

Mr. Jiboku said the private schools were ready to comply with the Federal Government’s directive that all schools should provide Ebola preventive materials before resumption; hence there was no need to prevent schools from resuming on their earlier dates.

“Those that are falling victims of Ebola virus attack have not been children, they are adults. In Lagos State, we have not recorded any attack of children. In Rivers State, we have not recorded such. Even the man that brought it into the country was a medical doctor, an adult. To us, that argument lacks merit. To us, that argument is irrational,” Mr. Jiboku said.

“Among the directives given at the national level by the federal ministry of education, is that every primary and secondary schools should send two teachers through the local zonal education officers to the ministry for training and that these two would be the ones that will be seeing to the preventions of Ebola among the students.

“Government is also expecting that certain facilities would have to be put in place. Among which are the two machines which they said those two trained personnel will have to use in testing for Ebola virus among the students and we are told now that those machines will have to be purchased by each schools in Ogun State at a cost of N6, 000 which means each school must subscribe N12, 000 to purchase the two machines. We identify with these directives all in a beat to ensure there is no spread of this virus among our students.”


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  • Segun Surulere

    Hmmmm …. Better late than sorry. Its easier to control adults than children in a formalised environment . Children will always play and mix together naturally. Adults can Be controlled and given instructions in a university and worship centres.
    The risk therefore of spreading infection is greater in schools. ……. Except the complaint is really about lost revenue

  • Ilesanmi

    the school proprietors are joking. We pray there should be no reasons to shift resumption date further

  • Lagos

    “At a press conference held after a meeting at its secretariat in Abeokuta, the association said the government’s decision was a threat to the academic future of the children” This guy is a joker taking academic future over life.

  • Atom Ant

    Why is PT not publishing my comment made over 2hours ago?

  • Hot

    I have never seem such an empty argument. This is a case of someone sitting on his brain

  • Poky

    1.the NASS should sign a bill where whistle blowers will keep 5% and u will see d drivers, cookers, gardners and maids and male-servants helping us recovers trillions,
    2, Grant a general amnesty to crooks who return atleast 70% of their loot and drown a line on the ground from which date all looters will be prosecuted no mater who.

  • Cornelius Oluseyi Ogunsalu

    @ Poky – Whistleblowers yes … general amnesty NO … they are financial terrorists and are guilty of treason! At least 10 full years in prison with HARD labor even IF they return 100% of what they have left of their stolen monies!

  • simonibekwe

    You never disappoint with your eclectic incites on national issues. Nigeria shall be great again!

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    Overall, this is a nice article! It is obtuse at certain points, but generally is a nice article!

  • Ogom

    “It is a jungle of the unaccountables littered with newly placed gravestones, mangled bodies, shattered minds, broken hearts, broken homes, suicide-inducing economic distress, depression and every other misery possible. ”


  • OmoLasgidi

    Quite insightful and thought provoking article. Thanks for stirring our thoughts and conscience!

  • poky

    My reason for amnesty for looters is that most nigerians are pathologically corrupt, amongst them most of the d APC-leaders and their major financiers. Buhari will have to first of all clear his party starting with Tinubu and like we say, if u fight corruption, it fights back. He should choose the battles that he should fight. This method was used in brasil and they are better for it today. I personally would want them to be shot or hung for their crimes.

    • Cornelius Oluseyi Ogunsalu

      You hit the nail right upon the head by saying Buhari needs to start cleaning up the pathologically corrupt APC looters (leaders and major financiers and all the rest) FIRST! He cannot fight corruption without locking up Tinubu to 10 years hard labor.

  • Ernesto “El Che” Guevara

    Bisband NNPC once and for all before this country goes to the dogs.

  • Sanmi Falae

    This is one of the most insightful, direct, diagnostic, and prognostic articles I have ever read anywhere in the world, and I have read quite a few!! My advice to Team Buhari is to upgrade their security arrangements and not take anything and anyone for granted – if they really and truly want to make our dear country Nigeria work for all of us rather than for an entrenched criminal few, whose idea of ingeniousness -as Ibrahim Babangida would ‘famously’ have us believe- is, who, among their criminal, unintelligent gang, can sabotage their own country and people the most. But I dare say it is ‘easy’ for Mr Buhari to succeed. He only has to GENUINELY want to succeed. For example, he has overwhelming mandate of Nigerians, our Legal Framework, access to genuine intellectuals, and of course Europe and America, if only to atone for their sins over the state of Africa, are willing to back him to the hilt – as long as he is not another pretentious TIME WASTER like Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Mengistu of Ethiopia and the list goes on. A big hug for this article, madam!!!!

  • SAM .A

    Ms Bamidele , you have used this article to make a correct diagnosis of Nigeria economic malaise , like a good Surgeon you have open the rotten belly of NNPC, with all the cankerworms of cabals eating deep into the SOUL of the nation. The whole nation can see clearly through your prism . It is now left for our newly employed Specialist Surgeon to take his scalpel and dissect out all these evil and close for Nigeria to get well,good luck to him.
    Thanks Madam for this insightful write up.

  • Denker Denker

    In the end every tongue will testify that RADIO BIAFRA is correct. Truth is irreducible no matter how hard darkness tries. The Zoo is a fraud of unimaginable proportion that even the arch fraudsters like the Yorobbers and Awusas/Foolanis perennial treasury looters now acknowledge. At last sensible people are following the footsteps of Radio Biafra in rising to speak out against the Satanic enclave and evil Zoo called Nigeria. Other countries run economies, the Zoo (Nigeria) runs a criminally masterminded racket in the name of economy. Welcome to the country of thieves.

    • enyibinakata

      Nnamdi Kanu will be happy with this. Perhaps he will stop tarring all Yoruba’s with the same brush ?
      This is an excellent article from an equally excellent and fearless journalist – reminds me of Dele Giwa. Nigeria could do with more journalists like this.

      Bravo Bamidele. A mighty bravo.

  • Mockme

    Well crafted, insightful!