As Schools Resumes, NSHA Warns Against Violation Of COVID -19 Safety Protocols
As schools resumes across Nasarawa State, the state House of Assembly has said that it will not spare any management of both public and private schools in the state that did not adhere strictly to all the laid down guidelines on COVID-19 aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded disease.
Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Hon Daniel Ogazi sound down the warning when he led other members of the committee for an unscheduled visit to some tertiary and secondary schools in the state to assess their levels of preparedness on re-opening of schools amidst second wave of coronavirus.
The Deputy Majority Leader of the House and his team inspected schools resumption and safety measures put in place at Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic, Lafia , College of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Lafia, Government Senior Science School, Nassarawa Eggon and College of Education, Akwanga.
He frown at the situation where some students are seen in schools and classes without face masks and observances of social distancing as well as environmental cleanliness among others and called for a change of attitude.
Ogazi also advised management of the schools visited to ensure they put in place adequate facilities like thermometer , Isolation centres, ambulances, sanitizers, hand washing facilities as well as strict monitoring of students and teachers to ensure compliance.
He emphasised that even when government is doing its best, the school management are complementing, the individuals also have a greater role to play in the fight against COVID-19 by ensuring that all the laid down protocols are strictly observed.
“This exercise will be a continuous one, we will keep coming to ensure that the right things are done in protecting our people.
“We as assembly members, we are on recess, but as representatives of our people we need to cut-short our break to embark on this exercise by assessing the preparedness of schools resumption”.
The chairman also commended the state government for its efforts it tackling the menace in the state and called for more efforts in that direction.
In their separate responses, Dr Justina Kotso, Rector Isa Mustapha Agwai polytechnic Lafia, Dr peter Aboki, Deputy Provost, College of Agriculture, Lafia, Principal, Senior Science Secondary School, Nasarawa Eggon Mr Christopher Ogiri and Dr Roseline Kela Sole Administrator, College of Education, Akwanga all took their time to explain extensively their efforts put in place on COVID-19 as they reopened schools and their challenges.
Basically, one of the institutions top challenges is the issue of parameter fencing which they all make cases for government intervention.