September 16, 2021

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FG To Utilize 60,000 Environmental Health Volunteers For Safe Re-Opening Of Schools

As part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, safe Re-opening of schools and learning facilities across the country, the Federal Ministry of environment said it has trained 60,000 environmental health emergency volunteer corp personnels.

Minister of Environment Mohammad Abubakar who stated this on Monday while speaking to journalists in Abuja said the personnel who would be working with other stakeholders at the sub national levels to decontaminate and disinfect schools in accordance with Presidential task force PTF guidelines.

Abubakar noted that training of teachers, administration and other education personnel on safety and hygiene measures by environmental health officers will prioritize and resuscitate immediate setting up of school environmental Health clubs for introduction of hygiene and sanitation compliance.

“The federal government ofA Nigeria through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid 19 has decided to reopen schools which have been remained closed since February as a measure to contain the spread of the corona virus disease in the in the country.

“The school reopening however is to be done in strict compliance with the direct ives of the PTF and based on the guidelines for the safe reopening of schools issued by the federal government under the PTF being a major Covid 19 containment protocol.

“In furtherance of collaboration, ministry is also working to realize the objective of the federal ministry of Education’s guidelines on safe reopening of schools and learning facilities. The guidelines has substantiated role of education’s stakeholders regarding the process, risk mitigation and safety assurance.

“Accordingly, the environmental health Emergency Volunteers Corp ( EHEVC) will be utilized as was done previously based on the outcome of their performance in the in the examination centers’ Surveillance. This time around, I shall been activating sixty thousand, (60,000) of such volunteers to cover schools In all the 774 Local Governments in the federation”, Abubakar said.

The minister of the Environment, Mohammad Abubakar also used the occasion to advise school proprietors to engage only licensed environmental health officers who will be responsible for water, sanitation and hygiene WASH programmes and activate routine sanitary inspection of premises.

Abubakar noted that the ministry will monitor compliance with prescribed standards through a network of monitoring and evaluation teams across the country.