Niger State Government Has Shut Down All Public Secondary Schools Due To Insecurity

The Niger State government has ordered the shutdown of all public secondary schools in the state for at least two weeks due to insecurity situation in the state. The state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu who made the announcement said the decision was reached after an interface between the state government and officials from various security agencies.

FILE PHOTO: A classroom furniture is seen arranged inside the hall at the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger state, Nigeria February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo

Public schools in the state will now be closed from Friday, March 12th 2021 to Friday, March 26th, 2021.  Daily Trust reported that though 22 secondary schools (11 Day and 11 Boarding Schools) had earlier been closed down by the state government. Salihu said the two weeks shutdown of all secondary schools was necessary to give relevant security agencies the time and opportunity to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment.

When completed, the comprehensive risk assessment 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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