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Ebola Scare: Federal Shifts School Resumption

The federal government of Nigeria has directed an immediate halt to all Summer school activities across the country as part of efforts to prevent a spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in the country.

Announcing the decision after a meeting with commissioners of education of all the states of the federation, Ibrahim Shekarau, Minister of Education, warned that any private or public school that does not co-operate would face a penalty.

“Our concern is for the children and we would go to any length to ensure both private and public schools comply. You can imagine if a child is infected in a boarding school of say about 600 children, it would be very dangerous.

“We are not saying there is Ebola in all states of the Federation but we are putting some preventive measures in place,” Shekarau explained.

In addition to that, the Federal Government has suspended the resumption of primary and secondary schools across the federation till Monday, October 13, 2014.

The federal government however advised higher-institutions to monitor the movement of foreign students in their campuses and to temporarily halt staff and students exchange programs, visits and major international seminars and workshops.

“They are to liaise with appropriate government health institutions to organize and ensure effective sensitization programme for all their teaching and non-teaching staff,” Shekarau advised.

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