Ahead of re-opening of schools in the Federal Capita Territory (FCT) on the 12th of October 2020, the Chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Board, Hon. Yahaya Musa Muhammed, charged and urged all Principals and Vice Principals of Secondary Schools in the FCT to adhere to safety guidelines and be compliant to procedures to ensuring safety of students and teachers.
The training, which took place at the Government Secondary School Wuse Zone III was conducted by Occupational Safety and Health Association UK (OSHAssociation UK) – Nigeria region and Neighbourhood P & S Limited, in partnership with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board, Abuja.
The Director FCT SEB, Mrs. Nanre Emeje, in her opening remark acknowleged that the Board recognised the unique situation presented by COVID 19, and for everyone to see the need for safety in our School environments, also the inherent associated risks.
Thus, as a proactive measure, the Board engaged the services and expertise of the renowned international safety organisation – OSHAssociation to train principals and administrators on safety measures as schools reopen after a long period of time due to the Covid 19 outbreak. This training was designed to enable principals to train and set up procedures with their workforce and students to ensure safety in school environments.
The Chairman of FCT SEB in his address, advised the principals and vice-principals to create imaginary problems and solutions for emergency preparedness. He also intimated the administrators of the dangers of increased outbreak as a result of non-compliance to the stipulated guidelines. The Chairman appreciated the FCT Minister for his good works and continuous support to education in the FCT.
The training comprised of four sessions covering topics on COVID 19 and Mitigation strategies; Environmental Health and Safety and Guidelines for COVID 19; and Security, Safety Education and Disaster Preparedness delivered by Dr. Oscar Akumah (FOSHA), TPL Ibrahim Muhammad (MOSHA, MNITP) and Mr. Taiwo Adedoja (FOSHA) respectively.
In the final training delivered by the Regional Administrator of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, Engr. Emmanuel Uwalaka, on “Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)” was discussed practically on the usages and proper maintenance. Other areas were highlighted and were addressed afterwards during the general interactive session with the principals.
Following the mandate of OSHAssociation as a professional body in the field of safety and health, the association wants to ensure that Nigerian students, teachers and every workforce are safe by making sure all safety guidelines and procedures are put in place, communicated and followed.
Educational stakeholders at the Federal, State and Local government levels are encouraged to partner with international institutions, such as OSHAssociation UK – Nigeria Region to ensure effective safety and health awareness and training in all schools.
OSHAssociation can be contacted via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit www.nigeria.oshassociation.org
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