The federal government has announced the commencement of the disinfection of schools against the spread of COVID-19.
While disclosing this in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday July 6, 2020, the Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood, stated that the exercise was in preparation for the resumption of class activities.
Mr Mahmood noted that there are enough people to carry out the disinfection exercise slated to begin on Tuesday July 7, 2020.
“Earlier I told you that we have sat with the Ministry of Education and we have the list of all the schools that need to be disinfected before resumption.
“Well, what we plan to do now is to disinfect the centres that will be used,” Mr Mahmood said.
The minister added that the exercise was delayed until this period in order to ensure that the chemicals were effective enough when the schools resume.
“The delay is because it is better to disinfect within a short period of time so that the kids will be going back into these classes when they have been freshly disinfected.
“This is because the chemicals we use are chemicals that are not long lasting; they have short contact time to do their job.
“So, we will be getting this done before Monday when they (school children) will be back to use these classes,” he said.
Mr Mahmood, however, assured parents of the safety of their children. He stressed that the disinfection will be carried out between Tuesday and the rest of the week.
“So, it is between Tuesday and the rest of the week. We have enough people that we will be engaged to get that done.
“Rest assured that your kids will be returning to a safe environment when they resume,” he added.