The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Wednesday, insisted that schools in the state would not reopen.
According to Umahi, if the states of the federation are opening schools for teaching and learning, Ebonyi State will not join them until all necessary measures are put in place to safeguard pupils and teachers against coronavirus.
The governor spoke in Abakaliki, the state capital, during the virtual signing of the state Revised 2020 Budget into the law.
The state 2020 budget was reduced from N178.366bn to N131.847bn following the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy.
Umahi, while signing the budget, said the state was focusing on agriculture to recover from the pandemic.
He said, “Let nobody think that my administration will one day assemble whatever we get in Abuja and begin to share it. I will not share Ebonyi money. Ebonyi State is a construction site; we have done a lot of empowerment, we have done a lot of projects.
“Let me make it clear that Ebonyi schools will not open now. If every state is opening their schools, Ebonyi will not follow them. We have started the process to see how we can reopen and the process is to use the communities to clear all the schools; primary schools and secondary schools and then send medical teams to look at them and then they do sample testing of the teachers.
“Our medical teams will teach the teachers about COVID-19 protocol. We will look at the syllabus of our primary schools and secondary schools and they will be reviewed by the teachers.”
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