The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has ordered the closure of 16 boarding schools along the borderlines of the state.
In a statement by the governor’s spokesman, Mohammmed Bello, Mr Tambuwal took the decision after 17th Security Council meeting on Wednesday.
“This followed the brief received by the Council from the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Muhammad Bello Abubakar Guiwa on the security situation in the affected areas and the threats this portends,” Mr Bello said.
He noted that the closure is temporary.
“The schools were to be closed, temporarily for two weeks,” the governor was quoted as saying.
The affected schools are: Government Girls Model Secondary School, Illela; Sultan Muhammadu Tambari Arabic Secondary School, Illela; Gamji Girls College, Rabah; Government Secondary School, Gada; Government Secondary School, Gandi and; Government Secondary School, Goronyo.
Others are: Government Secondary School, Isa; Government Secondary School Sabon Birnin Gobir; Boarding Primary School, Isa; Boarding Primary School, Balle and; Boarding Primary School, Jabo.
The rest are: UBE Junior Secondary School, Sabon Birni; Government Secondary School, Kebbe; Government Secondary School, Tureta; Government Technical College, Binji and; Olusegun Obasanjo Technical College, Bafarawa.
The governor directed the Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education and that of Science and Technology to temporarily merge the students of the affected schools with those of other schools for the continuation of their studies pending the improvement in the security situation of the affected areas.
“Accordingly, Principals of the affected schools are hereby directed to comply with immediate effect,” the statement added.