Sanwo-Olu pledges better support for police
• Warns proprietors against reopening schools
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday pledged to beef up security apparatus in the state by providing the required support for the police for effective discharge of their duties.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at the opening of the new Area ‘J’ Police Command administrative building at Elemoro town in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, urged Lagos residents to remain law-abiding and follow government directives during the COVID-19 pandemic period so as to assist the security operatives in maintaining peace.
The governor said the building would serve as a functional holding bay for the police, as they carry out their duties even during the lockdown.
Expressing optimism on the overall output of the command, the governor said the new facility would further boost the morale of men and officers of the command who would have one thing or another to do there.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, thanked the state government for providing the building, promising that security operations within the axis will be improved upon.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Government has asserted that all private and public schools will remain closed to protect pupils from the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining that rather than reopening schools and endangering the lives of students, efforts will be intensified on the ongoing free teachings on various media, especially radio and television.
In a statement yesterday, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, who disclosed government’s stance on the reopening of schools for the third term academic session, urged proprietors aiming to commence academic session for the third term amid the Coronavirus outbreak to abandon the plans.
Adefisayo, who gave the assurance that the state government would continue to improve its distance learning programmes, urged continuous dialogue between school administrators and parents to seek ways to resolve issues related to the inability of parents to earn income during this period, the need for schools to pay their personnel who provide online teaching as well as the purchase of devices for teachers, including the provision of data to prepare for the daily teaching activities.
“In view of the aforementioned, we ask that schools consult extensively with parents and find a win-win solution that will be acceptable to all stakeholders,” the commissioner added.
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