Sit-at-home: We Must Not Jeopardize Our Children’s WASSCE – Abia Government

Following the Mondays sit-at-home order being observed in the South Eastern States, it has been reported that the Abia State Government has stated that the lingering sit-at-home order may jeopardise the possibility of writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations for Abia students.

This was reportedly disclosed in a statement by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.

The statement read that, “While we do not begrudge any citizen the right to sit at home or go about their normal duties, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others, we cannot afford to sit idly and watch the future of our children jeopardised and the economic well-being of our people further wrecked over a matter we believe can be resolved judicially or through political negotiations.”

It stated that, “We, therefore, advise parents to ensure that their children go to the examination centres for their papers while teachers and examination supervisors are to ensure the protection of the children before, during and after the examinations.”

It added that, “Other citizens are also encouraged to go about their normal duties without fear of molestation and leaders of all markets and transport unions in the state are advised to ensure that markets are open and transport vehicles deployed by their members for regular activities on Monday and beyond unless otherwise advised by Government.”

Further reports disclosed that the government has warned that if any market is closed or any transport union fails to operate, it would be closed and disbanded, respectively, till further notice.

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