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Coronavirus: Benue closes schools indefinitely

Benue State Government has directed that all schools in the state be closed indefinitely from March 27 as a proactive measure against the pandemic Coronavirus.

The state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, confirmed this in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, in Makurdi.

He said the government would not treat the pandemic with levity. He said the state Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism would address the press on the issue of churches and mosques in the state soon.

“Coronavirus is a serious pandemic, we are not treating it with kids gloves. In order to prevent any unfortunate incident, the State Executive Council has decided to close all schools from primary to tertiary institutions.

“Those who have examinations should hurry up and complete before March 27 as students will be on holidays till further notice. The closure will affect both private and public schools,” Ityavyar said.

NAN reports that the state government had earlier, as another precautionary measure designated a quarantine centre in the state. It has also approved a sum of N10 million for the procurement of safety kits at the centre.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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