Lagos govt’s palliatives came as a surprise – Private school owners

August 6, 2020
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 PRIVATE school owners in Lagos State have commended the state government for giving them food palliatives to cushion the effect of the prolonged school closure occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic on them and their workers.

They said the food items which include bags of rice, beans, garri, beverages, milk, carbonated drinks, margarine and food seasoning materials came as a surprise.

They said they had almost lost hope or receiving any palliatives from the state government when they suddenly received invitation from the ministry of education Tuesday last week to come over to Alausa Secretariat in Ikeja to collect the foodstuffs.

They said the food items would certainly go a long way in helping the direct beneficiaries and their families, more so that virtually all their workers have not received salaries since the closure of schools in March.

In separately interview with our correspondent last Thursday, the president of the National Association of Private School Proprietors, Lagos State chapter, Mr Amusa Olawale; his counterpart in charge of the League of Muslim School Proprietors, Mr Fatai Raheem, and the president of the Association of Formidable Education Development, Mr Orji Kanu, all said they had started distributing the items to their members for onward sharing among their workers on local government basis.

They said they were aware that few associations with members operating high profile schools are exempted from the gesture.

The head of public affairs of the ministry of education, Mr Abayomi Kayode, said government would have given more if available.

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