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COVID-19: All our schools must have borehole before reopening – Ogun govt

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 The Ogun government on Friday said it would ensure that all schools in the state have water through the provision of boreholes before reopening of schools to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Mrs Ronke Soyombo, the Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, stated this while appearing before members of Ogun assembly committee on Education led by Mr Ademuyiwa Adeyemi in Abeokuta.

OgunToday  reports that the assembly was assessing the budget performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) between January and June.

Soyombo explained that the state government was not prepared to open any school without water.

She added that the state had 510 secondary schools out of which 151 of them had no water, saying that local governments had been mandated to provide boreholes to these schools as soon as possible.

“For reopening of schools, we look at the boreholes, we are not prepared to open any school without water, as we speak we have 510 secondary schools out of which 151 of them do not have water.

“That has been giving to local governments for them to quickly get boreholes done to these schools.

“We need to have at least 10 point water system where children can wash their hands when they come back to school, so that’s something we are working on,” she said.

The special adviser also hinted that the state government had created isolation rooms in all the schools in the state.

“In terms of isolation room, it is another thing that Ogun state has created, so every school must have an isolation room, should a child develop temperature we can quickly take them to the isolation room where they can be quickly examined.

“We have two hotlines that they can quickly call for emergencies and help.

“We are training about 350 health workers who had been taken from our schools who are going to look at these children and support them,” she said.

In terms of face masking, she noted that government was providing for all the students and teachers’, saying it was important for everyone to wear it.

Soyombo said that the state government had rehabilitated 96 blocks of classrooms in public primary and secondary schools across the state. 

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