As the Federal Government moves to open schools for graduating classes today being 4th of August,2020, Ogun State Governor has announced free Covid-19 test for all Senior Secondary 3 boarding students in the state owned schools.
The state governor, Dapo Abiodun made this announcement on the eve of resumption day through his Twitter handle.
Part of the statement read: “Data from other countries, where schools have resumed show that community transmission in school environments is a major concern. Even countries with strongerhealth care facilities than ours are being very cautious.”
“In line with the Federal Ministry of Education recommendation and WASSCE timetable, we decided to open our schools on the 4thAugust 2020 for SS3 students only. We put in place guidelines that would ensure that our students resume in a safe environment.”
“In our pre-opening engagements with stakeholders, opening of boarding houses was discussed. Our State has one of the largest population of boarding students in the country, coming from all over the Country.”
“The State planned and provided testing, free of charge, for boarding students in our public schools and allowed for the management and parents of private schools to make their arrangements to get COVID tests,” the governor said.
According to Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), it cost between N40,000 – N50,000 to do a test, but two Ogun State owned laboratory will be responsible for conducting the tests.