The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT has directed its members to disregard government directives on school resumption date until necessary gadgets were provided in schools across the nation to ensure teachers and students protection against the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
Addressing journalists in Abuja today, the national president of the union, Mr Michael Olukoya, said that none of its members would teach until it has been medically proven that the country is Ebola virus free.
The decision of the union is coming a day after the Federal Government said it would not shift the resumption date of September 22.
During a meeting between the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, the House Committee on Education and members of the Nigerian
Medical Association (NMA), Shekarau said that the Federal Government was not influenced by private school owners to adopt the September 22 date for secondary and primary schools’ resumption.
The House of Representatives Committee called the meeting due to concerns raised by some parents and groups who have questioned the decision of the Federal Government to have schools resume on September 22.
The Minister of Education explained why the date was selected and also wondered why some associations such as the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA and the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT disagreed with the date selected.
“It was a unanimous decision taken after a meeting with all state education commissioners and the health ministry. The ministry also wrote all state governors to give the directive more weight.
“At no point did anybody influence this decision. There were reports that the private sector influenced the decision. That is not true,” he said.