Following the first suspected case of Coronavirus in Katsina State , North -West Governors on Wednesday announced the closure of all schools in the zone .
The governors, after a closed -door meeting held in Kaduna, said the closure was for 30 days , noting that it had become necessary in order to prevent the spread of the COVID -19 pandemic in the zone .
Chairman of the forum and Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari , read the communique shortly after the closed -door meeting .
Masari said the closure would take effect from Monday , 23 rd of March 2020 .
According to him , the governors would meet with examination boards to discuss the schools ’ closure .
They equally admonished the general public to avoid unnecessary gatherings , urging them as well to maintain good respiratory hygiene.
Present at the meeting were the governors of Katsina, Zamfara , Sokoto , Jigawa, Kebbi , Kaduna and Niger States , while Kano Deputy Governor , Nasiru Gawuna, represented his Governor Abdullahi Ganduje .