The Rivers State Government has announced the closure of all schools in the state with effect from Monday, March 23 and directed all religious organisations to restrict their activities as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
In a state-wide broadcast on Friday, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said the action was taken in the interest of Rivers State.
The closure affects public and private primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, he said.
“1. All schools in the state are to be closed down with effect from Monday, March 23, 2020.
2. All religious organisations are to restrict their activities.”
Governor Wike said that his administration took the decision with a deep sense of responsibility.
“As a responsive government, even though we have not had a confirmed case of coronavirus, we did not rest on our oars as we se up a five-man inter-ministerial committee to carry out an aggressive public enlightenment that will protect all those living and doing business in the state from the disease.
“This decision was taken because we understand that we are the headquarters of the hydrocarbon industry and also a major commercial hub in the country that attracts people from all walks of life.”
The Rivers State governor noted that with the actions taken, the state is alert to address any situation.