The Nasarawa State Government has ordered the immediate closure of both public and private schools, as a proactive step to safeguard the lives of students in the state.
The State Commissioner of Education Science and Technology, Hajia Fatu Sabo stated this to Journalists after Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, held in Lafia, the state capital.
She said that having considered and reviewed the current situation in the country, especially regarding the security threats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the state government decided to close both public and private schools in the state with immediate effect.
Hajiya Sabo further said this has become necessary considering the proximity of the state to the FCT, as well as the resolve of the government to ensure that schools in Nasarawa State, operate within a safe environment.
She however explained that the directives exclude the exit classes that are already writing their final examinations, especially in secondary schools.
While announcing that her ministry would in due course, issue a circular to that effect, the education commissioner however appealed to parents not to panic, adding that Nasarawa State is safe but that the decision was taken as a proactive step to safeguard the lives of both pupils and students across the state.
Hajiya Sabo equally appealed to principals and heads of respective schools, to also ensure the schools are closed in an orderly manner, especially that there is no threat to any life or property presently in Nasarawa State.
“We are appealing to parents not to panic. We all know that Nasarawa State is safe but this decision was taken as a proactive measure to ensure that our children are safe and continue to remain safe. That is for those within the state and those that came from other states to study here.
“We want to also appeal to our principals and heads of respective schools, to also ensure that while we are closing these schools, we do it in an orderly manner
“There’s no threat to any life or property as of now in Nasarawa State. And as I mentioned, it’s just part of the government’s proactive measure. We are all aware, that His Excellency, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has always prioritized security and safety of lives and property in Nasarawa State,” she added.
The Commissioner emphasized that the decision is one of the measures that has been taken to ensure that the administration continues to maintain a safe environment within Nasarawa State.