The Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT) has directed all its members to stay at home until the government provides the necessary gadgets needed in schools across the nation to ensure that teachers and students are protected against the Ebola Virus Disease.
Briefing reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, the national president of the union, Mr Michael Olukoya, said that none of its members would teach until it has been medically proven that the country is Ebola virus free.
The decision of the union is coming a day after the Federal Government said it would not shift the resumption date of September 22.
During a meeting between the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, the House Committee on Education and members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Shekarau said that the Federal Government was not influenced by private school owners to adopt the September 22 date for secondary and primary schools’ resumption.
The House of Representatives Committee called the meeting due to concerns raised by some parents and groups who have questioned the decision of the Federal Government to have schools resume on September 22.
The Minister of Education explained why the date was selected and also wondered why some associations such as the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) disagreed with the date selected.
“It was a unanimous decision taken after a meeting with all state education commissioners and the health ministry. The ministry also wrote all state governors to give the directive more weight.
“At no point did anybody influence this decision. There were reports that the private sector influenced the decision. That is not true,” he said.