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Zoomlion Ghana Limited on Wednesday January 6, began the third phase disinfection of Schools [Tertiary, Basic and Senior High] in the Bono East region.

The disinfection exercise is in preparation towards the re-opening of schools.

President Akufo-Addo in his 21st Address to the Nation on January 3, 2021 announced the reopening dates for our Tertiary, Senior High and Basic Schools across the nation.

Basic schools are accepted back from January 15, 2021. SHS 2 and 3 students are to return to school on January 18, 2021 while Tertiary students are however expected back on Saturday January 9, 2021.

Prez. Akufo-Addo in his speech stated that fumigation of schools must be done before the return of students.

To this end, Ministry of Education has teamed up with Zoomlion for the fumigation exercise across the nation.

The Bono East fumigation exercise which began today at Valley View University is expected to end on January 14.

The exercise is also to ensure that the students, teaching and non-teaching staff are safe from contracting COVID-19 and attacks of insects.

Mr. George Manu, the Zoomlion Regional Manager, Bono East, speaking to journalists after the fumigation at VVU said, the exercise will cover 3 Tertiary Schools in the region, namely; Valley View University [Techiman], Anglican College of Technology [Nkoranza] and Atebubu College of Education [Atebubu], and 681 other institutions which include Senior High [Both Public and Private] as well as Basic Schools.

Mr. Manu also pleaded to the management of the various schools to assist them with the necessary cooperation and support them by making available their schools and premises to make them ready for academics to begin.

He however, assured the general public that Zoomlion will follow the arrangements, timelines and code given to them by the Ministry of Education in order to ensure all schools are disinfected and made safe before reopening of schools.

As part of government’s measures to maintain hygiene and clean environment, Mr. Manu advised the general public to observe all the safety protocols put in place by the government in order to reduce the spread of the virus or contract it.

Mr. Lutter Ntim Adjei, the Vice Rector of Valley View University [Techiman] said the exercise was in the right direction as the first phase of the disinfection and the safety protocols put in place helped the school not to record any COVID-19 cases.

He stated that the institution were prepared to welcome the students back to the campus.

“Observing of all the safety protocols will be enforced on both staff and students. A lot of new mechanisms are been put in place in terms of how the students will learn and partake in their various classes. All these measures are to contain and reduce the spread of the corona virus.”

He assured parents of the safety of their children and thanked President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service and Zoomlion for the commitment to ensure the safety of Ghanaians.

The second stage of the exercise is expected to continue tomorrow and will include all the SHS, TVET and Basic Schools across the Bono East region.

By: Aning-Amankwa Felix/Radiolingkgh.com/Techiman

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