… Suspends April revenue collection
EDO State Government, Monday, began a state-wide broadcasting of education programmes targeted at students in Senior Secondary Schools preparing for West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE) and National Examinations Council (NECO).
Edo State Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, disclosed that the classes will be televised everyday from 12noon to 1:00pm on the state’s owned television station, Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS).
The commissioner said the move was part of the state government’s effort to ensure that school aged population are not short-changed while awaiting the defeat of the spread of coronavirus ravaging the country.
According to the commissioner, the students will be taught Mathematics on Monday and English on Tuesday, while Physics, Biology, Geography, Civic/Economics and Chemistry will be televised on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
He urged parents and guardians to draw the attention of their children and wards to the opportunity during the stay-at-home period.
Meanwhile, some other private schools in the state like Pioneers Education Center and others have equally resumed online classes different from that of the state government’s effort, for its teaming school population.
But, poor electricity supply, illiteracy and non acquisition of smart or android phones by parents/ guardian have adversely affected the whole programme.
Also, Edo State Government has suspended all forms of revenue collection from transporters for the month of April to cushion the economic effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the residents to enable transporters comply with the government’s social distancing guideline, aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Recall that as at 31st March, 2020, the Edo State Government, via the Deputy Governor,Comrade Philip Shaibu had issued directives to both hoteliers and transporters in the state, as measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) .
The seating guidelines for the transporters are that cars must carry one passenger in front and two at the back, while buses carry one passenger in front and two in each row.
Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, who disclosed this however, urged residents not to panic but support the state government as it steps up measures to prevent the spread of the virus by complying with directives of the government
He further reinforced the position of the state government to the members of the public to strictly adhere to them all. They are: Total ban on gathering of more than 20 persons; maintenance of social distancing of at least one metre space, all other businesses should still remain closed except markets for food items, pharmaceuticals products and eateries, suspension of all collection of state revenues from transporters for the month of April 2020.
And while he encouraged all transporters to abide by the regulations already announced as regards to the number of passengers to be carried per vehicle, he assured that the various security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure strict compliance with the directives.