The Lagos State government on Monday, June 1; explained that it would reach out to the private school owners and their teachers with food items to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on them.
This assurance over the COVID-19 palliatives was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Education Lagos State, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo.
Adefisayo gave the assurance on a sideline at the commencement of the distribution of the home-grown school feeding palliatives to parents of pupils in primary 1-3 in Lagos State held at Saint Francis Primary School Maryland.
According to her, the government is aware of the plights of private school owners and teachers and is already working towards reaching out to them with their own COVID-19 palliatives.
When asked how soon this would be; she said certainly it would not be long as this is the period they badly need the support.
While noting that the government would have done this before now; she said the delay is to work our effective modalities that would ensure all intended beneficiaries get their portion.
According to her, private schools are many and diffused and government intention is to reach out to them all.
There are thousands of private primary and secondary schools and under more than six different associations scattered across the state just like many others around the country.
“We don’t want a case where proprietors will not share with their teachers; whatever palliatives given to their schools.
“So, we want to prevent such before we start reaching out to them and now we are already at the advanced stage to commence the distribution,” the commissioner explained.
Meanwhile, the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) on Monday, June 1; released the June pricing guideline for Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).
This memo directed the oil marketers to sell the commodity within the price band of N121.50k-N123.50k per litre.
The ex-depot price of the commodity for June is between N102.13-N104.13 per litre; while the ex-depot price for collection ranges from N109.78-N111.78 per litre.
In the memo to the marketers, PPPRA reminded them of the recently approved pricing regime; and provision for the establishment of a monthly price band for PMS, which became effective on March 19, 2020.