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9 Northern states shuts down schools over coronavirus fears

Northwest Zone Governors Forum have met and agreed to close down schools in their states for 30 days.

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In a communique read by the Chairman of the Forum and Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, after a closed-door meeting held in Kaduna, said the closure was for 30 days, noting that it had become necessary in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the zone.

Governor Masari said the closure will take effect from Monday 23rd of March 2020.

He said the governors will meet with examination boards to discuss the school’s closure.

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They also advised the general public to avoid unnecessary gatherings, urging them to maintain good respiratory hygiene.

Present at the meeting is the governors of Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, and Niger States, while Kano deputy governor Nasiru Gawuna represented governor Umar Ganduje.

Also among the states to implement the closure is Kwara state, whose governor was absent at the meeting.

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