The Federal Ministry of Education has directed that all tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide be shut down over the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country and as part of measures to contain the spread. This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono.

According to a communique released by the ministry, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has asked all principals of the 104 Unity Colleges “to fast-track the ongoing second term examinations and close shop until further notice.”

“We have directed all higher institutions to close this weekend. Unity Schools that have completed their exams are to close immediately. Others are to hurry and close the latest on 26th March,” the statement partly read.

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 handwashing facilities among others.

Adamu Adamu also directed the Principals to immediately report any suspicious case to the nearest health authorities, emphasizing that nothing should be taken for granted at this delicate time of the global pandemic.

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