COVID-19: FG orders closure of schools

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The federal ministry of education has ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide as the country battles to contain the spread of the dreaded COVID-19.

The permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr. Sonny Echono, who stated this yesterday behalf of the minister of education, also said all the principals of the 104 unity colleges “should fast-track the ongoing second term examinations and close shop until further notice.

“We have directed all higher institutions to close this weekend. Unity Schools that have completed their exams are to close immediately.”

The ministry’s director of press and public relations, Mr. Ben Goong also said in a statement: “The federal government has ordered the closure of all the 104 unity schools in the country on March 26, 2020 as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

“Giving the order today through the permanent secretary, the minister said all the principals of the unity colleges should fast track the ongoing second term examinations and close shop until further notice.

“In the meantime, the minister said the management of all the unity colleges should immediately activate the necessary emergency procedures and processes such as the provision of alcohol-based sanitisers and hand washing facilities among others, adding that students should strictly adhere to the principles and best practices of good hygiene.”

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