The Chairman, Queen’s College Parent-Teacher-Association (PTA), Mr. John Ofobike, has insisted that academic activities will resume at the college on Sunday, March 19, as directed by the management of the school.
This is just as he criticised the Lagos State Ministry of Health for not seeking the input of the Federal Ministries of Health and Education before advising that the college be shut indefinitely.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, had, while presenting the report of investigations and laboratory analysis of water samples at the college, blamed the deaths of two pupils on contaminated water sources, adding that presentations of pupils who took ill were consistent with enteric fever.
The analysis, which was done in conjunction with the Lagos University Hospital, also indicted food handlers and revealed that 1, 222 pupils were seen at the school’s sick bay for complaints ranging from abdominal pain, fever, vomitting and diarrhoea within five days in January.
The LASG, thereafter advised that the school be shut indefinitely for proper fumigation service and other interventions to be put in place.
But Ofobike, while briefing reporters in the school premises on Friday, claimed that the school had shut down 10 water sources, with the exception of the main borehole to serve the school community.
He added that the school had been fumigated and the septic tank evacuated in preparation for resumption.
He said, “The resumption day remains Sunday, March 19. We expected the Lagos State Government to have shared its report with the supervising ministry of the college before going to the public with its advice that the school should be shut down.
“The resumption day was initially March 5. But we postponed resumption to allow experts brought in by the Old Girls Association to work. The expert, Engineer Oke, advised that we shut down all shallow water sources and leave only the industrial borehole. We have done that. Even the pipes have been cleaned. The septic tank has been evacuated and the kitchen has been cleaned.
“We have been working on the premises for two weeks and we are ready for resumption. I am surprised at the report because NAFDAC recertified Queen’s Delight just before the incident. My only daughter attends the school and there is nothing to hide.”
Ofobike also called on the Federal Government to provide the college with a giant borehole and a treatment plant as well as refurbish the school.
However, the President, Queen’s College Old Girls Association, Dr. Frances Ajose, had expressed dissatisfaction with “ the silence of the ministry of education” on the matter.