By Emmanuel Olorunsola
The Principal Assistant Secretary of Nigeria Union of Teachers in Niger State, Labaran Garba, has urged the state government not to rush into reopening schools to save the lives of teachers and pupils.
He said that tteachers were more prone to contracting the COVID-19 infection because of their closeness to the pupils. According to him, teachers are the first set of people that meet the pupils, adding, “In the event of either a pupil or teacher that has contracted the disease, it will easily spread.”
“We should not rush into opening schools, so as not to draw pupils into the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added after conducting journalists round the new state secretariat of the organisation on Sunday.
Garba disclosed that the union had submitted a memorandum to the Niger State Government on steps to take before the reopening of schools.
He, however, pleaded with government to consider teachers in the sharing of palliatives at the reopening of schools.
He further disclosed that over N150m had so far been expended on the construction and furnishing of the union’s new secretariat in the state, saying that the funding of the project was from union dues.