The Federal Capital Administration, FCTA has ordered the closure of schools in the FCT effective Friday 20th, 2020.
The move may not be unconnected with the recent confirmation of 12 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria and ongoing rumours of the virus in the FCT.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the FCT Minister of State, Mr Austine Elemue on Thursday
Mr Austine said the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, ordered the shut down of schools as a preventive measure to avoid the spread of the virus which has affected 27 African countries and killed over 6,500 people.
Mr Elemue said students were not expected to be in school from Monday the 23rd.
He advised schools that can get the information across to their students to order students to stay home after today.
The Special Assistant to the minister, however, assured parents that lost school time will be catered for subsequently.
Meanwhile the FCT Minister of State, also directed that social gatherings and worship centres be restricted to avoid large gatherings that could further endanger the health of others, stressing that shop owners who fail to provide hand sanitizers and other preventive measures will be closed down indefinitely.
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