Benue to shut down schools over Coronavirus

The Government of Benue State in North Central Nigeria has directed all schools in the state to vacate by first week of April.

The government also cautioned against visit to crowded places including Churches, Mosques, Markets and other social gatherings.

The directive followed fears about the continued spread of Coronavirus pandemic which is currently ravaging nations of the world.

Governor Samuel Ortom gave the directive at the opening of a two day seminar organized by the Benue State Judiciary in Makurdi, the state capital.

He explained that although no case of Coronavirus had been recorded in the state, the precautionary measure was necessary to curb the spread of the pandemic.

“I have directed the Commissioner for Education to ensure that every school complete all processes including the conduct of examination in order to vacate by the first week of April”, Ortom said.

Emergency response committee

The governor had set up an Emergency Response Committee on Coronavirus with a mandate to proactively monitor, supervise and coordinate Benue State Government’s response to the global pandemic.

Governor Ortom equally directed that a strict surveillance on Coronavirus be stepped up in the 23 local government areas of the state.

The Governor urged all schools in the state and the people to adhere to the directive and comply with preventive measures and assist health workers in their various communities.

Treatment centre

A treatment centre had already been established at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital as well as an isolation centre identified to be used as quarantine unit in the event of any outbreak of the disease.

Governor Ortom stressed the need for use of sanitizers and urged the people to restrict their movement and association particularly in crowded places.

Source: Voice of Nigeria