School decontamination begins ahead of resumption

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has said the decontamination of schools against COVID-19 will begin on Tuesday, in preparation for the resumption of academic activities.

This is coming a week after it announced the reopening of schools nationwide for the first time in four months.

Schools have been shut as part of efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 pandemic within the school population.

Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, revealed this while speaking at the press briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

He explained that the delay in the decontamination process was in order that there would be sufficient teams on the ground to carry out the exercise.

“The delay is because it is better to disinfect and decontaminate within a short period of time so that the kids will be going back into these classes when they have been freshly decontaminated.

“This is because the chemicals we use are chemicals that are not long-lasting; they have short contact time to do their job. So we will be getting this done before Monday when they (schoolchildren) will be back to use these classes,” Mahmood said.

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He did not however disclose if all schools would be decontaminated but hinted on targeting public schools.

So far, only Lagos State government has given 3rd August as the resumption date for students in their “transitional classes”.

Unconnected to that was the reopening of schools in Oyo state for students in Primary Six, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 on Monday.

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