The Victims Support Fund (VSF) Task Force on COVID-19, on Monday, donated three solar-powered boreholes and other Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities to three secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Each of the schools received a solar-powered borehole, 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.
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The Chairperson of the task force, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, while presenting some facilities to the management of Government Day Secondary School in Bwari Area Council, said the organisation was concerned about the plight of students and teachers, especially in densely populated areas.
The two other benefiting schools in the FCT were are; Government Secondary School, Kuje and Junior Secondary School, Asokoro.
Akerele-Ogunsiji said that the project involved presentations of 54 boreholes facilities and 216 hand-washing stations to 18 states across the six geopolitical zones, estimated at N210 million.
She also said that hand-wash stations had been set up in three schools in 18 states, across the six geopolitical zones.
According to her, the aim was to encourage regular hand-washing among students and teachers in schools because, adding that “hand washing is the singular preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We want to see how we can contribute to the containment of the virus by helping public schools in low income communities around the country to observe the COVID-19 protocols,”, the chairperson said.
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.
Akerele-Ogunsiji said that the task force, which had successfully carried out the first and second phases of the COVID- 19 intervention in April and June 2020, also commenced the third Phase of its intervention on Nov. 19, in Abuja.
In his remarks, Mr Leramoh Abdurazaq, Acting Secretary, Education Secretariat, who spoke on behalf of the FCT administration, commended the task force for the gesture, while calling on other public spirited Nigerians to support the government to entrench quality education in the country.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Dr Favour Edem-Nse, Principal GSS, Bwari, assured the task force that the facilities would be properly maintained and the face marks judiciously distributed among the students.