The Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ogun State chapter, Bamgbose Tomiwa, in reaction to the government directive to close down all schools in Ogun state has said that the closure of all schools was not the next step to take
He made this statement when speaking to our correspondent during an online interview.
He said, “Concerning the widespread of corona virus, I think the public needs to join hands with the government in order to prevent this virus from spreading because we can see cases of countries where this virus is very rampant. We can see how it has grounded their activities, economically, financially and in other aspects. Corona virus is a virus that Nigeria must stand up to prevent from spreading.”
“To me, corona virus in Nigeria is not as popular as the way it is been pronounced in other country.”
“It is not yet as popular as that. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that we need to fold our hands and wait till it gets popular among our people before necessary action is taken.
“But I think the closing down of schools is not necessary for now because the corona virus is not as popular as what people publicised in Nigeria.”
He also spoke on other measures the Government can take to tackle the fast spreading Coronavirus.
“Some other necessary efforts that should be put in place is that the government should set up health committee that will be located in major places in the state, all across the whole local government in order to be on the lookout for person with the symptoms of corona virus.”
“Then, another thing is that the government should embark on wide sensitisation about the coronavirus on ways which the spread can be prevented and the government should also encourage the use of hand sanitiser and if possible they should make available preventive things like hand sanitizer that can be used in order to prevent it for now. Closing the down the school is not the next step to take for now.”
He disclosed plans to embark on an awareness program in all tertiary institutions in the state.
“Raising the level of awareness among our students and bringing their notice to preventive measures on how to prevent themselves from the widespread, that is our agenda for next week”
“Creating awareness about it on our campuses and making sure that the student doesn’t serve as an agent of spreading such virus”
Recall that the federal government has since Thursday ordered that all schools be shut down till further notice.