[From INI BILLIE, Uyo]
Akwa Ibom Government has ordered that all schools in Uyo, the state capital be fenced as it emphasized January 4, 2020 as the resumption date.
The government said the construction of fence around all schools in Uyo metropolis would immediately commence to help protect infrastructure in such schools.
Speaking through a press release in Uyo on Thursday after the State Executive Council meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong explained that the resumption date was to prevent a disruption in the academic calendar as the first term was due to end on January 23, 2021.
He noted that the government has directed the Commissioner of Education to ensure that all schools adhere to the COVID-19 preventive guidelines.
He further said that water facility would be provided for schools which have a student population of above 1,000.
“Council further directed that water facility be immediately provided for schools with student population of above 1,000.
“Council decided that in view of the existing resumption plan, the resumption date for schools will remain 4th January, 2020 in order not to disrupt the academic calendar.
“The Council directed the Commissioner for Education to ensure that all COVID-19 preventive guidelines are adhered to by all the schools.
“Council also received a report from the ad hoc committee on Schools resumption, headed by Honourable Commissioner, Youths and Sports and directed that the construction of fence be immediately commenced in all schools in Uyo metropolis, to help with security of infrastructure in schools,” he stated.
The government also directed the Commissioners of Health, and Information and Strategy to design a robust Risk Communication and Community Engagement strategy that would keep citizens informed of the damaging effects of the COVID-19 and the preventive measures.
The government further approved that a memorandum on the creation of a legal framework for the Ibom Industrial City be forwarded to the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.
The Ministry of Housing was also directed to facilitate the commencement of construction of a mass housing estate in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria and Family Homes Funds Limited.