Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Minister blows hot over poor sanitation in FCT schools

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has expressed worry over the poor sanitation of schools in the territory, charging principals and head teachers to maintain clean school environment at all times and to be proactive in the management of their schools.

The minister, during an unscheduled visit to some schools in the FCT in company of the chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Board Alhaji Musa Yahaya and other officials of the board expressed his dissatisfaction on the sanitary conditions of some of the schools visited.

He wondered at the poor school environment, stressing that environmental sanitation in a school premises should be a daily affair.

Charging the school heads to be proactive in the management of their schools, Bello noted that minor repairs within the schools could be carried out by the school heads without necessarily resorting to the board for approvals.

On open defecation, the minister while noting that it would not be tolerated in the FCT, called on school heads to maintain proper toilet hygiene.

A statement by Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, Chief Press Secretary to the minister quoted him as advising school heads to take advantage of the season in subjects like agriculture to harp on dry season farming instead of allowing school farms to be overtaken by weed with the excuse that there are no rains.

He also directed that open spaces immediately bordering the perimeter fences of all schools in the FCT should be devoid of any kind of trading or business activity for the safety of the pupils and students, adding that school heads should ensure the removal of illegal structures and sanitation of such areas.

While commending the principal of junior Secondary School Dutse Sagbayi, Dr Funsho Oba, for maintaining the cleanliness of the land bordering his school, Bello advised that school heads should be innovative and creative in ensuring that students participate actively in keeping their schools clean.

“For instance, you can organize a competition amongst them and say the minister will come at the end of the term and give a prize. That way, they will be motivated” the minister said.”

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