Federal Govt shuts univarsities, polytechnics, 104 unity colleges

The schools in Anambra, Enugu, Niger, Adamawa and Kano will be closed from March 27

In Abuja, the FCT Administration said its schools needed to close down immediately until the deadly virus’ spread is curtailed…

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, gave the directive during her  meeting with heads of secretariats, departments and agencies (SDAs) under her supervision in Abuja.

She said:  “We should not endanger the lives of our  children for whatsoever reasons. You know, when these children are in school, they pick up anything and put   in their mouths.

“Therefore, the best and safer thing to do is to close down the schools for a week, two or even a month until the situation gets better.

“As a matter of fact, as from tomorrow being Friday, all public and private schools in the territory should be closed down indefinitely.”

In Lagos, Education Commissioner, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, said on a television programme that teachers would pre-record lessons in eight subjects for broadcast on radio, television and online for Senior Secondary 3 pupils.

The subjects are: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Literature-In-English, Financial Accounting and Economics.

A source in UNILAG told The Nation On Thursday that the institution’s  Senate would likely approve a closure that would last up to three weeks.

“Officially we have not announced closure. The Senate is meeting tomorrow (Friday) and will likely announce closure for three weeks at the first instance,” the source said.

Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, LASU, Mr. Ademola Adekoya, said the institution’s Senate would decide on closure when it meets today..

“We are not closed yet. But the Senate is meeting tomorrow and would take a decision on closure,” he said.

LASU suspended indefinitely, its 24th convocation which was scheduled to start  today and end on Monday.

A statement signed by Adekoya reads: “The Lagos State University management hereby announces the postponement of the 24th Convocation Ceremonies of the University indefinitely. The convocation ceremonies were scheduled for Friday 20th to Friday 27th March, 2020.

“The postponement is as a result of the prevailing health threats occasioned by  Coronavirus pandemic and the resolution of the Federal and State Government to discourage the gathering of people in public places at this point.”

The Nigeria Law School in a statement by the Director of Administration, Mrs E.O Max Uba, directed students to vacate their hostels latest on March 25.

The National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) advised the government to send its members home immediately

NAOSS National President, Gbemileke Ogunrombi, said the call was necessitated by the reported first case of Coronavirus outbreak in Benin Republic, a neighbouring country to Nigeria

Yet ibadan has not announce closure of any institution 

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