By Ademu Seidu July 1, 2020
The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, has commended the state chapter of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) for championing the cause of safety measures against coronavirus (Covid-19) in the state.
The commissioner stated this while receiving two locally fabricated Water/Soap Pedal Dispenser machines donated by ASUSS Kogi chapter, to the education ministry and STETSCOM, in his office in Lokoja on Tuesday.
Jones said that safety measures against the coronavirus pandemic should be a concern for all especially in the education sector, and urged other stakeholders to emulate the kind gesture of ASUSS in Kogi State.
Speaking on the forthcoming program to be hosted by ANCOPPS, Kogi chapter, tagged: ”Mandatory Continuing Professional Training (MCPT)”, Jones expressed the favourable disposition of His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello to all education related issues.
He noted that inspite of the negative impacts of Covid-19 on the resources of the state, Government would do all within its limited resources, to ensure that the state successfully hosted the North Central MCPT in Kogi State.
Earlier, the Chairman of ASUSS, Comrade Ojo Ranti Matthew, said that the donation was part of the union’s contribution in fast tracking the process of school resumption in the state.
Also speaking, the Chairman of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) Kogi State, Comrade Awodi Robert Yusuf, solicited the support of Kogi Government in hosting the next edition of the North Central MCPT in the state.
According to him, the ANCOPPS have the responsibility to provide feeding, accommodation and logistics, among others, while appealing to the State Government through the Commissioner to assist the association in those areas.
On his part, the National Secretary of ANCOPPS, Comrade Ajofe Yakubu Godwin, noted that it is the tradition of ANCOPPS to rely on state government for assistance because of the enormity of challenges involved to successfully host the MCPT program.
In his votes of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, thanked the leadership of ASUSS in Kogi state, for donating the machines, and promised that they would be put into effective use.