By Princely Onyenwe,Imo
Imo Government Exco have concluded on the decision to re-open schools as reached at the State Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday September 30, 2020 presided over by Governor Hope Uzodimma.
The schools include , Primary and secondary only while that of tertiary institutions stand as scheduled via online learning till government approve their reopening.
The resumption is however subject to the adherence to the recommendations by the Committee responsible for ensuring that Covid-19 safety protocols headed by the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku.
In a chat with the the press, commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba stated that the Council gave approval for the Imo State School system to be fully automated and digitalized to capture pupils and students enrollment; teachers, pupils and students personal data; payment of school fees; examination details and other relevant information concerning schools in Imo.
The reason for automation, the Commissioner emphasized, is to make it easy for government, parents, teachers, students, pupils and the general public to access information on schools as well as data of anyone who passed through such schools. Emelumba said that the Commissioner for Education will head the automation process.
On the issue of the planned warning strike by doctors in Imo State, the Commissioner stated that it is not only politically motivated, but an intention to blackmail the Government.
He said that Government has been making frantic efforts to sanitize the wrongs and rots in the payroll system where past administrations, civil and public servants have been found to be complicit.
Government therefore enjoined the public not to be deceived by the planned doctors warning strike. Emelumba however urged the doctors in the State, especially their leaders, to reconsider their stand on the planned warning strike and think of amicable resolution through dialogue with the appropriate government officials.
On the security situation in the country and threats by Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) and some dissident groups directing “sit-at-home” in respect of October 1, and Independence Day celebration, the Council assured that government has provided adequate security for all Imo citizens at all times, Independence day anniversary celebrations or not.
Imo is working with governor Hope Uzodinma.
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