No More Case of Ebola in Nigeria” Please Resume 22nd September President Goodluck Jonathan Pleads, In reaction to threat by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to embark on a nationwide strike as a result of school resumption date moved forward by the federal government, President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed for a rethink.
The Federal Government had earlier proposed October 13th as the resumption date for Primary and Secondary schools but later moved forward the date to September 22, 2014; a decision which was largely rejected by the NUT, stating that the government was yet to put in place the necessary equipment in schools to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the National President of the NUT, Dr. Michael Alogba Olukoya said only few states have trained teachers on the EVD, and that teachers have been directed to stay away from schools until the government makes available all preventive and protective gadgets to fight Ebola, such as infra-red thermometers, sanitizers, running water, gloves and teachers adequately trained.
Addressing journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the President pleaded with the NUT not to embark on the proposed industrial action, noting that there was no longer cause for alarm as the country is now almost free and well prepared to stem any new cases of Ebola that may emerge. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2