The Kwara State Government has said the state is on red alert as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic.
It therefore urged all, including religious organisations, to put public health above every other considerations.
“Humanity needs all the help it can get at this trying moment and everyone is urged to do everything keeping in mind that the world is facing an emergency,” Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Bisola F. Ahmed, said.
She added: “This is to, once again, inform Kwarans that public and private schools (primary and secondary) will be closed from Monday, March 23, 2020 as part of the efforts of the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ravaging the world.
“The closure order may be reviewed to include higher institutions later if the situation calls for it.
“All the school authorities across the state are to comply with this directive.
“The government is aware of the fact that most schools ought to begin their second term examination next week.
“However, the government is compelled to prioritise public safety at this time of global pandemic.
“For this reason, all schools (primary and secondary, private or public) should be shut by Monday.
“Children should be encouraged to stay at home.
“There will be future communications regarding impending statutory examinations such as the secondary school certificate examinations.
“The state government has put in place all necessary measures to continue to enlighten the populace through constant media engagements, including radio jingles.
“The synergy with the port authorities has been strengthened to ensure thorough screening of people coming into and going out of Kwara State while the state’s isolation centre has been fully equipped to take care of any eventuality.
“Members of the public may contact these telephone numbers to report anything related to the pandemic: 08064369063, 090293978826.”