Ebola: Fashola announces October 8, as new resumption date

By Akilani Abdullah and Alice Ajakaye, Lagos

Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola yesterday announced October 8, as the new resumption date for the over 1,000 schools in the state.

This was in response to the demands of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT Lagos State chapter not to resume 2014/2015 academic session today, September 22 and also linking it to the Eid-el-Kabir festival.

Fashola, who made the announcement while addressing hundreds of teachers at the Blueroof, Agidingbi, Ikeja, said that this is to ensure that the schools in the state are safe for the teachers and the students, saying “On this issue of resumption, we are on the same side. We are all concerned about safety in the schools.”

“We are all concerned about safety in the schools. Whether there is Ebola or not, we have to make the schools safe for the teachers and the pupils.

“My proposal is that the teachers, headmasters and principals should go to their various schools on Monday (yesterday) and sort out whatever is missing in the prescribed Ebola preventive facilities. So we use from Monday (yesterday) through the week to get the schools ready for the students.

“From this day, we begin to fix the water taps and other things needed in the school.

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