The Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state, has commenced the fumigation of its city and main campuses ahead the reopening of the institutions on Monday, 12 October after six months of closure due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Deputy Rector of the Institution, Dr Usman Sani-Tuga, who flagged off the fumigation along with state Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Mukhtar Bunza, in Birnin Kebbi, disclosed this on Thursday.
He said that the fumigation was part of the guidelines given by the Federal Ministry of Education precursor to the reopening of institutions on Oct. 12.
“The fumigation of city and main campuses as well as staff offices is in compliance with the guidelines issued earlier by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Federal Ministry of Education and recently, the National Board for Technical Education for the reopening of the schools,” he said.
Sani-Tuga said that the institution had procured hand washing machines and non contact Infra Red thermometers to ensure holistic protection of students and adherence to the guidelines issued to schools.
“The institution in collaboration with the state Ministries of Health and Education are using the motorised modular fumigators and small machines in the fumigation in addition to the 6,500 facemasks donated by the Students Union Government (SUG) which will be distributed to students, in order to ensure the reopening of school by Monday.
“Members of our task force committee on COVID-19 will be on all the entry points of the school and will work round the clock to check the temperature of any student who comes in, to ensure that any student whose temperature is above 40 will not be allowed to enter, but sent to the state task force committee for proper check and observation,” he said.
The Deputy Rector assured the Federal Ministry of Education and state Ministries of Health and for Higher Education that the guidelines issued to the school would be strictly adhered to and sustained.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Task Force Committee on COVID-19 in the institution, Dr Malam Umar, assured of his committee’ s commitment to prevent and stem the likelihood of COVID-19 case in the school.
In his remarks, Prof. Bunza, said that the fumigation was a green light that would serve as a development for the unpredictable situation of COVID-19 pandemic.
“The state government has done, and is doing all that is institutionally possible to prevent and stem the Coronavirus as has been witnessed by the untiring effort of our Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, for over six months since the out break of COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The Commissioner also wished the institution successful academic activities and all other institutions in the state.
Also, Abubakar Ibrahim, the President of the Students Union in the institution, expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness and safety measures put in place by the institution for students against coronavirus.