Niger State Shuts All Public Secondary Schools Over Rising Insecurity

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Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has ordered the closure of all public secondary schools in the state for two weeks.

Reports said that the state government reached the decision after a meeting between the government and officials from various security agencies in the State.

According to the state’s Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, schools in the state will be closed from Friday, March 12th to Friday, March 26th, 2021.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday in Minna, the state capital, the commissioner said the decision was taken in the interest of the students.

She noted that the two weeks closure of all secondary schools was necessary to give relevant security agencies the time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of all public secondary schools.

The commissioner noted that after the completion of the assessment, the outcome will provide an all-inclusive mechanism and strategies that will restore and guarantee sustainable security and safety of students, school infrastructure, education managers, and teachers in the state.

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