Following the first suspected case of Coronavirus in Katsina State, North West Governors on Wednesday announced the closure of all schools in the zone.
The governors, after a closed door meeting in Kaduna State, said the closure was for 30 days, noting that it had become necessary in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the zone.
Chairman of the forum and Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, who read the communique shortly after the meeting, said the closure would take effect from Monday, March 23, 2020.
According to him, the governors would meet with examination boards to discuss the schools’ closure.
They equally admonished the general public to avoid unnecessary gatherings, urging them as well to maintain good respiratory hygiene.
Present at the meeting were the governors of Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger States, while Kano Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna, represented Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.