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FCTA fumigates public schools ahead of today’s resumption

As full academic activities in both public and private schools in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) resume this Monday, officials of the territory have embarked on fumigation of all public schools across the six area councils.

The FCT Minister of State, Ramatu Aliyu, performed the symbolic flag-off exercise at the Government Junior Secondary School, Garki, Abuja.

In a press statement by her media aide, Austine Elemue, the minister said the exercise was aimed at protecting and safeguiding pupils, students and management staff of public schools against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister called on operators of private schools in the Territory to carry out the same exercise before school resumption and tasked parents and guardians to ensure that their wards are properly kitted before going to school.

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According to her: “we are here to symbolically flag-off the fumigation exercise as collectively decided and championed by the Honourable Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.

“Earlier in the day, we had a press conference on the need for the schools to be opened on Monday for academic activities.

“So, to that effect and in adherence to extant rules of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure that there are adequate safety and care for our children. So we are embarking on the fumigation of our schools.

“The Honourable Minister is also doing the same thing at JSS Jabi. So, from today, the whole public schools in the Federal Capital Territory will be simultaneously fumigated until Monday when we are ready for resumption”.

The Minister pointed out that there was criteria for resumption and most of them were complying, adding that any school found wanting would be sanctioned.

On her part, the Principal of Government Junior Secondary School, Garki, Mohammed Fatima, expressed the preparedness of her school to resume academic activities as announced by the authorities.

She said: “we are very prepared as you can see for yourself. We are perfectly prepared. The grasses are trimmed, fumigation is going on, we have our wash hand basins, sanitizers, liquid soaps and face masks. In short everything is on ground”.

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