(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – All schools in Nigeria have been shut down to check the spread of coronavirus after four new cases have been confirmed. The order of the Federal Government was emphasized by the National Universities Commission, which ordered all universities to be shut for one month beginning from Monday, 23 March.
In Lagos state, Governor Sanwo-Olu has gone further to stop weddings and parties, and shut down nightclubs, bars, lounges and event centres In the state, even as the Federal Government ordered that Port Harcourt, Kano, Enugu Airports be shut, leaving only the Lagos and Abuja International Airports to operate
In Rivers State, Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has ordered the closure of all schools with effect from Monday, March 23, 2020, and directed religious organisations to restrict their activities as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
In a statewide broadcast on Friday, Governor Wike said that the action was taken in the interest of Rivers State, and that the closure affects public and private Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions.
His words: “As a responsive government, even though we have not had a confirmed case of coronavirus, we did not rest on our oars as we set-up a Five-man Inter-ministerial committee to carry out an aggressive public enlightenment that will protect all those living and doing business in the State from the disease.
This decision was taken because we understand that we are the headquarters of the Hydrocarbon Industry and also a major commercial hub in the country that attracts people from all walks of life.”
“The committee had since its inauguration carried out Stakeholder Engagement with Community Development Committees, Religious Groups, Principals and Head teachers of schools, Traders Association, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Military, Paramilitary, Police, International Oil Companies and The Association of Local Government Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGON)”.
Governor Wike further explained that other measures have been put in place to ensure the protection of all who live and do business in Rivers state.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers state is holding an elective congress on Saturday, 21 March, to elect new executive members to pilot the affairs of the party.