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Govt Orders Immediate Closure Of Public, Private Schools In Nasarawa Over Insecurity



Nasarawa State Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Fatu Jimaita Sabo has ordered the immediate closure of both public and private schools, as a proactive measure to safeguard the lives of students across the state.

She disclosed this on Wednesday saying it became necessary following security threats across the country, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with government already in possession of reports suggesting likely security threats in communities FCT, such as Gitata and Umaisha.

The commissioner also explained that the decision to order for the closure of the schools across the state was part of the resolution arrived at an expanded state executive council meeting, which took place at the Government House, Lafia, the state capital.

Briefing journalists shortly after the council meeting, Mrs. Fatu Jimaita Sabo noted that having considered and reviewed the current situation in the country, especially regarding the security threats in the FCT, the state government decided to close both public and private schools in the state with immediate effect.

Hajiya Sabo said this has become necessary considering the proximity of the state to FCT, as well as the resolve of the government to ensure that schools in Nasarawa State operate within a safe environment.

She, however, explained that the directive excludes the exit classes that are already writing their final examinations, especially in secondary schools.

Hajiya Sabo equally called on principals and heads of respective schools to also ensure the schools are closed in an orderly manner, especially that there is no threat to any life or property presently in Nasarawa State. “We are appealing to parents not to panic.

The commissioner emphasised that the decision is one of the measures that has been taken to ensure that the administration continues to maintain a safe environment within Nasarawa State.

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