COVID-19: Governors of North-West/Central to close schools March 23, tackle insecurity


All the schools in the North-West and North-Central geo-political zones will be shut down for a period of 30 days beginning from Monday, March 23, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus to the zones.

This decision formed part of the resolutions of the meeting of governors of states in the two zones held in Kaduna, the Kaduna state capital.

According to a three-point communiqué released at the end of the meeting, and obtained by Summit News, the closure of the schools will be effected by each of the member states in consultation with the National Examination bodies.

The two zones also resolved to embark on sensitization campaigns to discourage large gatherings until further notice.

The governors further agreed that the states will mount aggressive campaigns to encourage citizens to uphold personal hygiene, including hand washing and environmental sanitation.

The meeting which was chaired by the Chairman, North-West Governors’ Forum and Kastina state Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, had earlier received briefs from heads of security agencies, and thereafter, resolved to jointly fund security operations aimed at conclusively addressing the security challenges that have bedeviled the two zones.

Present at the meeting were Governors Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger).

The Deputy Governor of Kano state, Nasiru Gawuna, represented the Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduge, while the Governor of Kwara state, participated in the meeting vide telephone.

Meanwhile, the Niger state Government has said it will continue to sustain measures to protect and sensitize the citizenry on the deadly viral disease cod- named COVID-19

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services Doctor Mohammed Makusidi, in a post Executive Council briefing with journalists in Minna, the Niger state capital.

The commissioner who gave an update on what the Ministry has done so far to confront the epidemic, explained that so far, there has been no confirmed case in the state, adding that the Ministry’s emergency response team has been put on red alert.

He revealed that there are 25 emergency operation centers in the 25 Local Government Areas of the state with Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNOs) expected to send information round the clock on all strange diseases including Corona Virus disease..


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