Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered the immediate closure of all public and private schools in the state.
This was made known to newsmen by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Muhammad Kiru, on Tuesday, in a statement.
According to the statement, “Parents whose children are in boarding schools are to also arrange and convey their children/wards back home from Wednesday.
It also noted that “all public and private health training institutions, including schools of basic/postbasic nursing and midwifery, schools of health technology and school of hygiene with immediate effect.”
The reasons behind the immediate closure might not be unconnected to the abduction of 333 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in neighbouring Katsina State on Friday night.
Similarly, Zamfara State Government has closed down ten boarding schools in the state to prevent possible abduction of students by bandits.
The state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the disclosure when he addressed journalists at his office on measures being taken by the state government to secure the lives of school children in the state.
According to him, “We do not want what happened in Katsina to happen in Zamfara State.
“All the principals of the affected schools have been directed to ensure immediate closure of the affected schools.”
The affected schools, according to Abdullahi, are Government Secondary Schools in Zurmi, G.S.S. Birnin Magaji, (boarding), and G.A.S.S. Zurmi (boarding), G.G.S.S. Moriki (boarding). Science Secondary School Shinkafi (boarding), Science Secondary School, Dansadau (boarding) and Science Secondary School, Bukkuyum (boarding).
Others are G.D. S. S Nassarawa Mailayi (day), G.D.S.S. Gusami (day), and G.D.S.S. Gurbin Bore, (day).
it would be recalled that More than 100 gunmen on motorcycles stormed the rural school north of Kankara town in Katsina State, forcing students to flee and hide in the surrounding bush.
Following the unfortunate incident, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack, in what appears to be a major expansion of the jihadist group’s activities into new areas.
“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina,” the leader of Boko Haram said in a voice message.