The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Monday strikeout payment of N25,000 for compulsory COVID-19 test for private secondary school students.
It would be recalled that protest had rocked Abeokuta, the state capital on Sunday over government’s decision that parents of returning SS3 students in private secondary schools with boarding facilities should pay N25,000 for the compulsory COVID-19 test of their children while the state government agreed to pay for same set of students in public schools, that is, the state-owned schools.
Gov Abiodun said that he had since directed government laboratories to carry out the Covid-19 test for all returning SS3 boarding students for free while parents of children in private secondary schools who might have paid for the test should be refunded.
The governor gave this directive while briefing the press on Monday evening at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
While apologizing over the general disapproval of the policy by the parents of the affected students, the governor said that the decision was taken after consultations with health professionals with the conclusion that testing the children for COVID-19 before admittance will reduce the risk of community transmission and reassured the safety of everyone.
The state government had listed a presentation of the Negative Covid-19 test certificate for returning SS3 secondary school students who would make use of their boarding facilities during the time for which they would sit for the West African Senior Secondary Examination (WASSCE) slated to begin on August 17.
This decision was however considered to be retrogressive and such that never take into consideration the reality of the harsh time and hardship the Covid-19 pandemic has foisted on the sources of income of many parents.