COVID-19: We're looking for a local solution to open schools in Akwa Ibom, says Gov Emmanuel

COVID-19: We're looking for a local solution to open schools in Akwa Ibom, says Gov Emmanuel

- Governor Udom Emmanuel is worried that schools in Akwa Ibom state have been closed for a long while

- The governor says there is a need to look for local solutions for students to resume back to school

- The Akwa Ibom governor acknowledged that not all parents can afford smartphones for online learning

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Governor Udom Emmanuel says Akwa Ibom will commence fact-finding on local solutions to enable schools in the state resume.

The governor made the comment on Sunday, June 14 during a live radio and television interview in the state

He expressed concern over the closure of schools but assured residents of the state that once there is a green light in conquering COVID-19, schools will reopen.

COVID-19: We're looking for a local solution to open schools in Akwa Ibom, says Gov Emmanuel

Governor Emmanuel wants children to go back to school as soon as possible. Photo credit: AKSG
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His words: “I am really concerned about the education of our children. Not all parents can afford smartphones for online learning.

“And I am not so sure and satisfied that the Radio school programme is sufficient especially for all the final year pupils and students who are going to write WAEC.

“We are looking for local solutions. We will localize the intervention. Once we are able to come out with a local solution to this pandemic, we will open up schools. We are still studying the COVID-19 curves.

“I am really concerned about the education of our children I can't allow our children to stay out of school for such a long time. I want our medical team to localize a solution on how we can open up schools.”

On the newly commissioned 300-bed isolation centre in the state, the governor revealed that the facility is well equipped with modern amenities with professors of virology working there.

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He added that right from the day his administration commissioned the isolation centre, the state has received two more containers of medical facilities with medical researchers also requesting to use the laboratory for research.

Recall that the newly certified Akwa Ibom state category 3 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) inbuilt laboratory at the isolation centre has commenced testing of COVID-19 cases.

The PCR lab approved by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Friday, June 12, received its first batch of 22 COVID-19 samples.

The samples were received by a team of laboratory personnel led by Professor Tatfeng Mirabeau, a consultant molecular biologist, department of medical laboratory science, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa state.

Recall that the NCDC recently gave a pass mark to the newly opened molecular diagnostic laboratory constructed by the Akwa Ibom state government.

The laboratory was given the approval to run coronavirus tests by the NCDC on Monday, June 8.

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