FG orders closure of schools, universities nationwide over coronavirus

On Thursday, the Federal Ministry of Education announced the nationwide closure of all tertiary, secondary and primary schools in the country over the pandemic of the coronavirus.

The ministry said it is part of measures to contain the spread of the virus.

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono did not clarify whether schools were closing Thursday or Friday or next week.

Echono disclosed to newsmen that full details about the closure will be communicated to the general public on Friday.

The ministry is also ordering the closure of all the 104 Unity Schools in the country from March 26 as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.

“All the principals of the 104 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.

“The minister directed the principals to immediately report any suspicious case to the nearest health authorities.”

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