Following the first suspected case of Coronavirus in Katsina State, North-West Governors on Wednesday, 18 March, 2020 announced the closure of all schools in the zone.
The governors, after a closed-door meeting held in Kaduna, said the closure was for 30 days, noting that it had become necessary in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the zone.
The Chairman of the Forum and Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, read the communique shortly after the closed-door meeting.
Masari said the closure would take effect from Monday, 23 March, 2020.
According to him, the governors would meet with examination boards to discuss the schools’ closure.
They equally admonished the general public to avoid unnecessary gatherings, urging them as well to maintain good respiratory hygiene.
Present at the meeting were the governors of Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger States, while Kano Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna, represented his Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.