Katsina State government has directed tertiary institutions in the state to remain closed until further notice in order to prevent a spike in coronavirus infections.
This directive was announced to journalists by the Commissioner for Information, Abdulkarim Sirika, at a briefing on the latest developments on the war against COVID-19.
He said, ”The institutions have students from different parts of the country who may be returning with different COVID-19 status, so allowing them to return may escalate the situation. So for now they are not reopening.”
Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education, Bashir Ruwangodia, further explained that the decision was in line with national and global protocols against the pandemic.
He said, ‘’Nigeria being part of the global community, has to respect all international as well as national protocols and the guidelines. The institutions are also part of the Nigerian system in terms of the educational sector and looking about the guidelines by bodies like the National Universities Commission (NUC), World Health Organizations (WHO), National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), as measures of preventing Covid-19.”
According to Mr Ruwangodia, the state would reopen tertiary institutions as soon as they receive guidelines from the National University Commission or the Federal Ministry of Education.