The Nasarawa State Government has authorized the abrupt closure of both public and private schools across the state’s 13 local government areas due to security concerns.
News Reports that the closure of schools was part of the resolution reached during an expanded State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at the Government House in Lafia.
Mrs Fatu Jimaita Sabo, the state Commissioner for Education, told reporters after the council meeting that after assessing the current situation in the country, particularly the security threats in the FCT, the state government decided to close both public and private schools with immediate effect.
She said this became crucial considering the area of the state to the FCT as well as the force of the government to ensure that schools in Nasarawa operate within a safe environment.
She, however, explained that those in exit classes, who were already writing their final examinations, especially in secondary schools, were exempted.
She said: “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 the Abdullahi Sule-led government has always prioritized security and safety of lives and property in Nasarawa State.”
This comes days after Federal Government Colleges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) asked parents to pick up their wards immediately due to security threats.