The head of Nigeria’s main teachers union called on Tuesday for a boycott of next week’s re-opening of schools, saying there had not
enough training to protect against the Ebola virus.
Olukoya, president of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, said members
should boycott next Monday’s planned re-opening because they have not
received training and supplies like hand gloves and sanitisers promised
by the government.
“The schools are still the same as before the
outbreak,” Olukoya said. “Teachers should be trained. They should be
provided with the thermometers, gloves and hand sanitisers.”
minister Ibrahim Shekarau said earlier this month that schools would
resume on September 22 after their re-opening was delayed due to the
outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.
The re-opening was
initially delayed from September 15 to October 13 due to the outbreak,
but the date was later moved forward to September 22.
have died and over 20 have been infected by Ebola in Nigeria. The
outbreak started in the commercial capital Lagos in July before
spreading to Port Harcourt, the hub of the nation’s oil industry.
current outbreak has killed 2,461 people, mostly in three West African
nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and the United Nations
fears 20,000 people could be infected by the end of the year.