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Ebola: Lagos and 14 other states postpone resumption dates for schools
| September 22, 2014
In at least 15 states in Nigeria, students will not be returning to class today, Sept 22, despite the initial date of September 22 for the resumption of classes as directed by the federal government. In many states, teachers are insisting that safety measures to protect students and teachers alike from Ebola virus disease (EVD) must be first put in place before they are to return. In addition, 104 Unity Schools in the country will also not be open as teachers commence industrial action. The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has ordered its members to shun academic activities until the government provides schools with adequate materials in combatting EVD. In Lagos, teachers will be on duty, though students will remain at home until October 8. Meanwhile, in Akwa Ibom State, an NUT secretary has said that though schools were supposed to resume on Monday, teachers would not be there, and that the government has failed to provide schools with the needed EVD safety kit materials, such as infrared thermometers, sanitisers, and hand gloves. In Edo State, the NUT has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government to provide EVD materials or risk a sit-at-home action by its members. The chairman of NUT said, âWe are giving them between today, Sept 22, and Friday to put everything in place. If they are not in place after seven days, we will make sure that nobody goes back to school.â Other states where regular academic activities will also not be resuming today Sept. 22, are Rivers, Ekiti, Osun, Niger, Benue, Oyo, Zamfara, Kano, Adamawa, Kwara, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, and Ebonyi states.

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Moses akpabio    Uyo,akwa ibom state, Nigeria    September 23, 2014
School's should not resume untill the federal government provide our teacher's with safety kits and proper training on the deadly ebola virus to prevent it spreading
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