Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, on Sunday, March 29, has announced that the State Government will on Monday 30th March, 2020, commence teaching of Primary school pupils on the State-owned radio station, Ekiti FM 91.5 as part of efforts to minimize the effect of school calendar disruption on pupils following the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Sunday by the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prof. Francisca Aladejana, the 30-minutes daily programme tagged “school on air” is also designed to positively engage school age children who are on an indefinite break as part of efforts by government to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The statement explained that primary school pupils would on each weekday be taught one out of English Language, Yoruba, Basic Science, Civic Education and National Value as well as Mathematics.
Stressing that the programme would be interactive to facilitate proper appraisal of the impact of the proposed programme, the statement added that there would be a phone-in segment at the end of each edition of the programme which would allow for questions and answers on the topic of the day as well as act as an evaluation for the reach and impact of the programme.
It urged parents and guardians to take advantage of the initiative by ensuring that their children actively participate in the programme starting every weekday between 3.10pm and 4.00pm.
Meanwhile, Governor Fayemi has announced a 14-day total shut down of the state and as well imposed 12-hour dusk-to-dawn curfew effective from midnight on Monday.
He said this in a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning.
The governor said this was to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.
He said, “It is in urgent public interest that we must ensure strict compliance with all directives given to prevent community spreading of the disease.
“Therefore, in our collective interest and to further ensure the safety of Ekiti-kete, having declared Coronavirus an infectious disease in Ekiti State, I hereby, in pursuant to Section 8 of the Quarantine Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) impose a curfew of movement in Ekiti State.
“The purpose of this curfew is to impose restrictions on the movement of persons and goods within Ekiti State for an initial period of fourteen days. This is in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Ekiti State.”
The governor also shut all borders, urging Nigerians to remain in their state of residence.
“All boundaries of Ekiti State are closed during this period, except for transportation of fuel, food and drugs and other essential goods.
“All non-residents who arrive the State prior to, or after, the imposition of this restriction, and who remain in the State, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the State for the duration of the 14 days, as the case may be, and may be subjected to screening for COVID-19 and be quarantined or isolated if necessary,” he added.
He expressed disappointment with the lukewarm, nonchalant or downright defiance of some residents in observing compliance with the preventive actions to protect themselves from infection and curtail the spread of the virus in their communities.