The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) on Thursday began the fumigation and decontamination of all government schools within Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), in the lead-up the schools’ resumption on Oct. 12.
Mrs Kate Ogbonna, Deputy Director, Environmental Health and Safety Department, AEPB, who monitored the exercise, said that the exercise was aimed at ensuring the safety of the school premises prior to the resumption of schools.
She said that the exercise would last for three days, adding that the board was collaborating with the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to ensure the success of the exercise.
“Before the students resume on Monday, we want to take some necessary precautions to protect students and teachers by decontaminating and fumigating the schools’ environment.
“We will fumigate the premises to enable us to check the menace of insects, snakes, scorpions, among others, inside the classrooms, teacher’s offices, hostels, stores and other places around the school premises.
“However, the decontamination exercise is due to COVID-19. That will take care of the virus and other diseases within the environment,” she said.
Ogbonna advised the school authorities to ensure they enforced the extant COVID-19 guidelines, which included the compulsory wearing of facemasks by students and teachers.
Mr Isah Usman, the Principal of Government Secondary School, Pyakasa, one of the schools visited by the board, said that he was impressed with the exercise.
Usman pledged that the school management would ensure that the necessary facilities were put in place in the hostels, kitchen and school gate as well as other buildings to ensure the safety of the teachers and students in the school premises.