COVID-19: Niger State Govt Orders Closure Of Schools, Tertiary Institutions


The Niger state government has ordered the closure of public and private schools including tertiary institutions across the state from Dec. 18, over the spike of COVID-19.

Alhaji Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19, gave the mandates in a statement in Minna on Thursday.

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He clarified that the closure followed an upsurge of COVID-19 in the nation, adding that the second wave of the coronavirus in the nation required the closure of all schools in the state for one month.

Matane said that the state government additionally guided all civil servants to remain at home from Dec. 21 till additional notification aside from those on basic administrations.

He ordered the individuals of the state to rapidly re-visitation the use of face masks, physical and social distancing to check the spread of the virus in the state, adding that coronavirus was still especially around.

“Regardless of huge support and sensitization by the government, it is frustrating to see the group at worship centers, banks, markets, motor parks across the state ridiculing the coronavirus rules.

“We will be compelled to take the agonizing choice of bringing the State under the COVID-19 Preventive, Containment and Emergency Order in the event that it stays clear that Nigerlites are resolved to ridicule the guidelines,” he said.

He approached financial institutions, supermarkets, corporate elements, and commercial vehicles, and cruiser proprietors to carefully guarantee the implementation of “no face veil, no access” to end the further spread of the scourge in the networks.

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The Chairman communicated confidence that the battle against the feared virus would be won if inhabitants hold fast carefully to the security conventions of COVID-19.

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