The Ekiti State Government yesterday spoke on plans to convene a
stakeholders parley to douse the tension created by the outbreak of
the killer Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ahead of the planned resumption of
2014/2015 academic session on September 22.
According to the Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, who
dropped the hint following the announcement of the resumption date by
the Federal Government, the parley is to reduce panic among teachers
and parents on the deadly EVD.
The ministries of Health, Education, Science & Technology,
representatives of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB),
parents and teachers and other relevant stakeholders are expected to
attend the meeting where further measures are to be adopted to
forestall the spread of EVD into the Land of Hounour of State.
Mrs. Adelabu, who doubles as the Chairman of the Board, spoke in
Ado-Ekiti, the state capital during an assessment tour projects being
undertaking by SUBEB.
The inspection is to ascertain that the projects have been
implemented to specification and are ready for inauguration by
Governor Kayode Fayemi as part of activities marking the fourth
anniversary of his administration.
She said the parley would afford stakeholders the opportunity to fine
tune strategies of creating more awareness and educate the public on
EVD, reduce panic and prevent the disease from finding its way into
The deputy governor also listed the provision of additional classroom
blocks, the renovation of existing structures and the perimeter
fencing of public schools as parts of measures being put in place by
the government to make the learning environment friendlier and fortify
the premises against vandalism.
Expressing satisfaction at the completion level attained, Mrs.
Adelabu said all the projects will be inaugurated for use when schools
resume in September.
The SUBEB Director in charge of Planning, Research & Statistics, Mr.
Ajiboye Sunday, who took the SUBEB chair round the projects, said all
the projects inspected have been completed and will be ready for
inauguration once they certified by the relevant authorities.
Among the projects visited were: Community Primary School,
Moferere; DTC Demonstration School, Erinfun; Saint Mary’s Primary
School, Irona; and Federal Housing Primary School, Okela, Ado-Ekiti.