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This study was conducted to explore school children’s report of household ownership and use of ITNs in Oyo State, Nigeria. A cross-sectional survey was conducted. A three-stage sampling technique was used to select 611 pupils from 15 out of 88 primary schools. Information on pupils’ socio-demographics, report of household ownership and use of ITNs were obtained using a semi-structured interviewer-administered questionnaire. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics and Chi-square tests at 5% level of significance. Respondents’ mean age was 10.5±1.7 yrs; 52.7% were females, 84.6% were Yoruba and 65.3% lived with children below 5 yrs of age in their households. Most of the respondents (81.7%) reported household ownership of at least one ITN. The majority (76.4%) obtained nets through mass distribution campaigns. Most of the respondents (89%) reported use of ITNs by a household member the night preceding the survey. More than half of the respondents (51.6%) reported ITN use by children below 5 yrs of age. Class was significantly associated with reported household ownership of ITNs (χ2= 9.217, p <0.010). The majority of the pupils reported household ownership and use of ITNs. They should be considered a potential source of information in monitoring and evaluation activities related to ITN ownership and use.