Governor orders closure of all public, private Schools over Security threats

Governor orders closure of all public, private Schools over Security threats

Abdullahi Sule, the governor of Nasarawa State, has ordered the immediate closure of all public and private schools in the state.

Following security concerns in the Federal Capital Territory, the governor said the action was part of a proactive plan to protect the lives of students across the state (FCT).

This was one of the outcomes of the State Executive Council meeting in Lafia on Wednesday.

Hajiya Fatu Jimaita Sabo, the Commissioner for Education, who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting, said a security report suggested similar threats in communities within the state bordering the FCT, such as Gitata and Umaisha.

She did, however, clarify that the directive does not apply to exit classes that are already writing their final exams, particularly in secondary schools.

The education commissioner, however, appealed to parents not to panic, while announcing that her ministry will, in due course, issue a circular to that effect.

Also adding that Nasarawa State is safe but the decision was taken as a proactive step to safeguard the lives of both pupils and students across the state.

Hajiya Sabo also urged principals and heads of respective schools to ensure that schools are closed in a timely and orderly manner, especially since there is no immediate threat to life or property in Nasarawa State.

“We are appealing to parents not to panic. We all know that Nasarawa State is safe, but this decision was taken as a proactive measure to ensure that our children are safe and continue to remain safe. That is for those within the state and those that came from other states to study here. 

“We also want to appeal to our principals and heads of respective schools, to also ensure that while we are closing these schools, we do it in an orderly manner. There’s no threat to any life or property as at now in Nasarawa State. And as I mentioned, it’s just part of the government’s proactive measure. We are all aware, that His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has always prioritised security and safety of lives and property in Nasarawa State,” she stated.

The commissioner emphasized that the decision is one of the steps taken by the administration to ensure that Nasarawa State maintains a safe environment.

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