By Our Correspondent, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) has expressed satisfaction over the level of compliance to COVID-19 protocols on school reopening by most schools visited so far in the state.
Mr Ibrahim Kabir, the Director General, BASEPA, made this known to press men in Bauchi on Tuesday.
He said that the agency had embarked on monitoring of schools within Bauchi metropolis to ensure that they all comply with COVID-19 protocols laid down by the government and NCDC on school reopening, adding that all schools in the state would be visited.
“We have embarked on monitoring of schools to ensure that all of them comply with COVID-19 protocols for school reopening.
“I must confess that we appreciate the level of compliance to all the protocols by most of the schools visited so far, especially, at Sa’adu Zungur Model School, where all the necessary guidelines of the presidential taskforce of containing the novel disease were fully observed.
“Decontamination exercise was carried out in the school, provision of hand washing buckets at the school’s entrance, the thermometer for measuring body temperature, observing social distancing and the use of facemask by both the staff and the students.
“Also, Incase of emergency, the school also provided an isolation center within the school’s sick Bay with two registered nurses on standby.” This is highly commendable,” said the DG.
He affirmed that any school found flouting the COVID-19 protocols for school reopening would be shut down by the agency or other relevant organizations.
“I want to use this opportunity to encourage school managements to ensure that they maintain the observance of all the protocols which include the use of facemask, regular washing of hands, using of hand sanitizer and social distancing.
“This would help to prevent shutting down the schools by the Agency and other relevant organizations such as NCDC, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health respectively,” he said.
Bauchi State government had on September, 25 directed all schools to reopen on October, 2, following careful deliberation with stakeholders in the state.
According to Mr Aliyu Tilde, the state Commissioner of Education, any school that does not meet all the COVID-19 regulations laid down by NCDC would not be allowed to reopen.