By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has hinted that over 24,000 students of public schools in Lagos are yet to return to school as a result of the lockdown necessitated by the first wave of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
He also pointed out that resumption of schools in the state last Monday, in compliance with the Federal Government directives was a difficult decision to make in the light of the second wave of the pandemic.
The Governor however assured that it was the best decision for the children’s safety and long-term development, especially for most vulnerable children.
Sanwo-Olu made the assertion during a Press Conference on COVID-19 Update at the Lagos House, Ikeja on Tuesday, while speaking on issues surrounding the resumption of schools in Lagos State in compliance with the directives of the Federal Government.
Further, he stressed the need for students to return to school to continue their education at various levels.
“Last year after the first lockdown and kids have to come back to school, we are still looking for about 24,000 of them that have not come back to school. So, there is a challenge if you keep them out for that long and their parents or guardians now turn them to other things instead of ensuring that they have time to come back for learning even if it is twice or thrice a week.
“At least they have been registered since the beginning of a session and they can be monitored. If not, they will just be roaming the streets and become endangered. We have seen incidents of child abuse and all unprintable things that are being done to these children. So, we believe to a large extent that schools sometimes happen to be the safe haven for them. We have done the roster in which we ensure they keep social distance and we are monitoring,” he said.