Governors of the northwest states in Nigeria on Wednesday announced the closure of all schools in their states for the next 30 days following the first recorded case of COVID-19 in Katsina state.
The governors after a closed-door meeting held in Kaduna on Wednesday said the closure of all schools became necessary in order to prevent the spread of the COVID 19-pandemic in the zone.
Chairman of the North-West governors and helmsman of Katsina State, Aminu Masari,read the communique shortly after their closed-door meeting.
The governors converged on Kaduna along heads of the security in various states to review security strategies and fight against banditry, before the case of the virus was reported in Katsina Wednesday.
Masari said the closure of schools would take effect from March 23, 2020.
According to him, the governors will meet with examination boards to discuss the schools’ closure.
They equally admonished the general public to avoid unnecessary gatherings, urging them as well to maintain good respiratory hygiene.
Earlier at the opening of the meeting, Masari said, while the region had succeeded in fighting cattle rustling, new challenges of kidnapping and banditry emerged.
He said the essence of the meeting was to plan on ways to arrest the situation, expressing concern over the rate of banditry in the states and the country at large.
He said the meeting was the continuation of what the zonal governors started in 2016 when the states were faced with cattle rustling. Enditem