Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely as measures in preventing the spread of coronavirus (covid-19) in the state, Concise News reports.
The affected institutions include tertiary, secondary and primary schools.
The closure of schools and other public gathering places takes effect from Monday, March 23, 2020, according to a statement issued by Bello’s Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, on Friday.
The governor also banned all forms of gathering involving 30 people and above as part of the preventive measures against the pandemic.
According to the governor, the measures became imperative given the strategic location of the state which serves as transit point for travelers connecting various parts of the federation.
He urged citizens of the state to be cautious and observe high level personal hygiene practice such as constant hand washing with soap and hand sanitizers as well as observance of social distancing.
As part of its preparedness, the state government has set up an isolation centre in Lokoja, the state capital, and an Emergency Response Team has been constituted, too.
The government also provided the following emergency telephone numbers for rapid response:08064469625, 07067918835, 08030607102, 08034732988, 08076288933.
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