By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Ahead of resumption of students in exit classes on Thursday, the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mr Benedict Alabi, who doubles as the Chairman, Osun Covid-19 Taskforce, on Wednesday flagged off the distribution of protective materials to public schools in the State.
The event, which was held at Ataoja High School, Osogbo, the state capital, had critical stakeholders in the education sector around the state in attendance, including heads of 188 public schools in the state.
Alabi charged the heads of schools to show commitment towards their job and support government to optimally achieve its desired goal of transforming the education sector in the state.
He explained that there was no government policy that directly touches the lives of the people like education and that the State Government was totally committed to the educational well-being of the students.
The deputy governor stated that the State Government announced the partial reopening of its schools for registered students preparing for 2020 WASSCE with conscious determination to protect our students in the face of the deadly disease.
” In the light of this, we have abundantly provided COVID-19 protective equipment for public secondary schools. This include Infrared thermometers, buckets with taps, bowls, liquid soaps, hand sanitisers, and facemasks, among others,” Alabi said.
He, therefore urged all the schools to adhere strictly to the safety measures put in place by the state government, which prohibits large gatherings, regular hand washing, constant use of hand sanitisers and compulsory use of facemasks in public places.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education in the State, Mr Folorunsho Oladoyin, commended the state government for its proactiveness and prompt response to stop the spread of Covid -19 disease in the state .
Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Jamiu Olawunmi, thanked stakeholders in the education sector for supporting the government.