Jos, Nigeria: Command Secondary School Jos on Wednesday took delivery of 4800 pieces of personal protective equipment, donated by its old students.
1600 PPE packs containing a bottle of hand sanitizer, face shield and facemask combined are expected to reach each of the school’s 1500 students and 100 staff.
Supported by Kas Prints, Abuja, makers of the kits, Command Secondary School Jos Old Students Association (COJOSA) aims to protect resuming staff and students from COVID-19 and other contagious diseases, for optimal performance.
“Our hope is for them to stay healthy, learn well and earn well in the future,” said the COJOSA Secretary General, Mr. Gabriel Bigwan.
The body has previously made several social and infrastructural donations to the school and is currently building a 1500 capacity dining hall for students, the union leader said.
This it does to supplement government’s efforts, “which itself has been crying for private partnership because it is overstretched,” said Bigwan while presenting the PPEs on behalf of COJOSA President, Mr. Odemola Kasimu.
The PPEs were donated in commemorating the school’s establishment on September 29, 1977, said Jos Branch Chairman of COJOSA, Femi Akinpelu.
The school was built for children from low income families but has produced graduates currently excelling in different fields, he said.
To sustain this, partnership from private bodies, Akinkpelu said was crucial, especially during disease outbreaks to keep students safe and healthy enough to acquire knowledge.
Lagos and other Nigerian states had announced September 21, 2020 as resumption date for students in Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SS2).
Graduating classes nationwide had long resumed and taken their final year examinations.
The donated PPEs would cut student expenses on covid-19 prevention as they likely resume in weeks.