Schools in the North West zone are to be closed for 30 days to protect citizens from contacting the deadly Coronavirus, popularly known as COVID-19.
The Chairman of North West Governors’ Forum and governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari announced the decision in a communique at the end of their meeting in Kaduna.
Mr Masari explained that the measure should be taken in each of the states, in consultation with examination bodies, for a period of 30 days starting from Monday, March 23, 2020.
In addition, the governor said the affected states should carry out sensitisation campaigns to discourage large gatherings while encouraging citizens to uphold personal environmental hygiene.
Governor Masari disclosed that the meeting had asked the governors to jointly fund security operations to confront the menace of banditry.
He explained that the Governor of Kwara State has agreed to implement decisions arrived at during the meeting.
The communique was jointly signed by Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State as the chairman of the North Central Governors Forum.