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COVID-19: Kwara, Lagos to shut schools Monday

Published by on March 19th, 2020.



The Kwara State Government has said it’s ready to embark on indefinite closure of all schools from Monday, March 23rd.

Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

He said, “I can confirm that Kwara State will be shutting down schools from Monday March 23rd. It is part of the efforts to contain the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We urge our people to maintain the highest level of hygiene and to remain calm and adhere to all safety measures earlier announced by the Kwara State Ministry of Health and other national bodies.”

Also in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given a directive to close all schools in the state pending the when the outbreak will be curtailed.

The directive was contained in a statement, released late Wednesday evening, through the state’s Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo.

The statement read: “The move becomes necessary to prevent our children and their teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic.

“It is important for parents to ensure that their children practise ‘social distancing’ while at home, wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitizers and observe high standards of personal hygiene.

“Children should be encouraged to remain at home.

“The closure is not intended to create panic but to arrest the spread of the disease, which has become a global threat.

“The Incident Command Centre, headed by the Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the Incident Commander, will continue to trace all contacts of the identified cases and encourage anyone who has information about suspected cases to report to the nearest hospital or call the emergency telephone numbers 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 and 08023401214.”

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