The Governors of the North-West region have resolved to shut down schools in their states for 30 days following the outbreak of the pandemic Coronavirus.
Nigeria had already recorded 8 cases of the virus but the governors are not leaving this to chance as the proactive measure is to curb the widespread of the virus.
This was made known in a communiqué issued by the Chairman of the Forum and Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, after a closed-door meeting with security chiefs at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, in effort to review security strategies and fight against banditry.
Masari disclosed that the closure will take effect from Monday 23rd of March 2020.
Governors present at the meeting include governors of Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna, and Niger States, while the Kano State Governor, Adbulahi Umar Ganduje, was represented by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State governor was absent from the meeting.
The Katsina governor noted that the decision to shut down the schools became imperative, to prevent the spread of COVID 19 disease across the northwest.
Meanwhile, he revealed that a meeting will be scheduled between the governors and the examination boards across the states to further discuss the closure of the schools.
He, therefore, advised that unnecessary gatherings should be avoided and urged the public to maintain good respiratory hygiene.