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Rivers threatens to withdraw operational licence of erring schools

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Rivers State Government has threatened to withdraw the operational licence of any school that fails to comply with its directive to shut down schools in a move to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

The State Governor, Nyesom Wike had earlier announced the closure of public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions starting from Monday, March 23, for the safety of the people.

Addressing heads of private schools, proprietors, Vice Chancellors and representatives of school boards shortly after the state government announcement, the State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, said any school that fails to adhere to the order would be sanctioned.

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Ebeku disclosed that the state government has already constituted a five-member monitoring committee to ensure strict compliance.

Speaking further, the commissioner said the schools would remain closed indefinitely, in line with global best practices.

He said, “With a deep sense of solemnity and responsibility, I must say that these are not good times in our world.

“The scourge of the virus called Coronavirus or Covid-19 is ravaging virtually all countries of the world. The World Health Organization has warned African countries to prepare for the worst.

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