The Minister of Education, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has said there is no new Ebola case in Nigeria and that it’s safe for schools in the country to resume but the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, is not convinced. The NUT directed its members to ignore the September 22nd resumption date.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the NUT National President, Comrade Michael Olukoya said teachers should only resume if the government provides them with necessary preventive and protective gadgets on Ebola virus.
NUT president Olukoya said;
“Where the federal government insists on the 22nd September, 2014, date in spite of the wise counsel, the union will rather direct teachers to resume schools whenever they are sufficiently trained and their schools have been provided with the necessary preventive and protective gadgets. For the avoidance of doubt, the teachers have this day, resolved to resume classes in obedience to the federal government directive, in states where teachers have been trained to handle any outbreak and all the required preventive and protective gadgets such as hand gloves, sanitizers, infra-red thermometers, running water and soaps have been provided as directed by federal government of Nigeria. In states where the training has not been done and necessary safeguarding gadgets not provided, teachers shall continue to remain at home until their state governments respond positively or the union directs them to the contrary”.