Benue State Government has released money for mass production of face masks for distribution to all pupils and students in schools across the state.
Commissioner for Education Professor Dennis Ityavyar announced this today when he led Heads of parastatals under the Ministry to monitor level of compliance to Covid-19 safety measures by Schools within Makurdi after resumption, saying this would complement those provided by parents.
Professor Ityavyar who advised Teachers to ensure that pupils and students observe safety protocols to prevent them from contracting the virus stressed that this second wave of the virus was more deadly than the first.
The Commissioner warned that any school found violating the safety measures will be closed down with out delay and the Head Teachers and Principals removed. He however, expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance in most Schools visited which included Government Model College Makurdi, All Saints Secondary School Makurdi, LGEA Science Primary/ UBE JSS Makurdi and St. Joseph Nyiman Primary and UBE JSS Makurdi amongst others.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr.Sarwuan Tarnongo while addressing students in one of the schools visited told those with out hand sanitizers to ask their parents to provide one for them since government made provision for additional face masks.
The Executive Chairman, Benue State Universal Basic Education Board, Comrade Joseph Utse directed all Head teachers in Basic Schools with large population to operate two shifts to ensure social distancing assuring that Government will provide the necessary logistics.
Comrade Utse appreciated efforts of the government in ensuring children had conducive environment to learn and also state of the art seats and desk for learning.
Permanent Member 2 at SUBEB, Hon. Egli Ahubi Johnson and Permanent Member 3 Mr.James Ahua in separate comments advised Pupils on the best way of wearing face mask and emphasized that they need to stay alive to take over from the older generation.
Other stakeholders on the Commissioners entourage included the Executive Secretary Teaching Service Board Dr.Frank kyungun, Executive Secretary Examinations Board Isaac Hon and Directors from SUBEB and TSB.