The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide over the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country and as part of measures to contain the spread.
As part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Government has directed heads of federal institutions and principals of Unity Colleges nationwide to close down the institutions.
Also, the Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State governor, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, has said the tertiary institutions in the state might be closed over the scourge.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono said that the decision to close down the schools was to protect and safeguard the lives of students/pupils from the deadly scourge.
Already some state governments and the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have closed down schools and the scheme to check the spread of the virus.
Echono said: ”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, latest on 26th March.”
The permanent secretary said the ministry will monitor development as total closure might be ordered at any moment.
Wahab said the state government is accessing the situation and that on Sunday, a decision will be taken whether to shut down the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe and other state-owned institutions.