Coronavirus: Nigeria Government Shuts Three Airports And Schools Nationwide

The Federal Government of Niegeria has on Thursday shut down three international airports and schools across the country over coronavirus.

As part of precautionary measure to curb the ravaging spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced the decision on Thursday evening.

The three airports shut are: Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

These were contained in a statement signed by the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu.

Nuhu said the three airports would be closed till further notice effective 00:01hours, Saturdays, March 21.

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He said the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos would still be opened but no flight from the thirteen COVID-19 high-risk countries would be allowed into the country.

The Federal Ministry of Education also ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, confirmed this to CityNews in Abuja on Thursday.

The ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ben Goong, in the release, said, “The Federal Government has ordered the closure of all the 104 Unity Schools in the country on March 26, 2020, as a proactive step aimed at preventing the spread of the dreaded coronavirus.”

“In the meantime, the minister said the management of all the unity colleges should immediately activate the necessary emergency procedures and processes such as the provision of alcohol-based sanitizers, and hand washing facilities among others.

“The minister directed the principals to immediately report any suspicious case to the nearest health authorities.”


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