The Borno Government has commended the Victim Support Fund (VSF), Emmergency Task Force on COVID-19 for providing solar-powered boreholes and other other Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities highly populated schools in Maiduguri metropolis.
The State Commissioner of Education, Alhaji Bello Ayuba made the commendation on in Maiduguri at the inauguration ceremony of the boreholes sited in Arabic Teachers College, Government College, and Yerwa Government Girls College.
Ayuba said the development was timely at this period of the second wave of COVID-19 when personal hygiene is needed to be strictly observed among protocols.
Ayuba who noted the various interventions by VSF, particularly in education and health sectors in the state, said the state government remain grateful and would continue to collaborate with VSF to ensure success of all its humanitarian interventions in the state.
Also speaking, the Principal of Arabic Teachers College, Maiduguri, Mallam Babakura Modu, said VSF would continue to remain a household name to the school community for its interventions to ensure good teaching and learning environment for teachers and students.
Modu said the schools would ensure proper usage of the boreholes, face masks and other sanitation facilities provided for effective fight against COVID-19.
In her remarks, the Chairperson of VSF emergency task force on COVID-19, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji said apart from the Boreholes, each school had been provided with four hand-wash stations, 2000 Pieces of re-usable facemasks, five pieces of four-litre hand-sanitisers, 120 bottles of 500ml liquid hand-wash and five cartons of bleach.
Akerele-Ogunsiji said the development would enhanced regular hand-washing among students and teachers in schools as part of preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said that the Task Force on COVID-19 is an emergency response team inaugurated by the Chairman of the Victims Support Fund, Gen. TY Danjuma (rtd), to provide palliative measures to displaced persons and the vulnerable, as well as provide institutional support to agencies supporting the national efforts to fight COVID-19.