- Nigerian railways will be shut nationwide, the Nigeria Railway Corporation has confirmed
- NRC says the suspension of train services begins from Monday, March 23
- How long the suspension will last was not stated but the NRC promises to provide further information in due time
As more cases of coronavirus are confirmed in different states across the country, the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced that it is shutting down train services nationwide.
Channels TV reports that the NRC said in a statement released on Saturday, March 21 that the shut down will take effect from Monday, March 23.
The release signed by an NRC spokesman, Yakub Mahmood, said: “Further information will be made available in due course to our esteemed passengers.”
Daily Trust had hinted earlier on Saturday that the NRC may suspend carrying passengers.
Legit.ng notes that the NRC statement came at about the same the NCDC announced the confirmation of 10 fresh cases of the dreaded pandemic.
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Earlier in the day, the government of Imo headed by former senator, Hope Uzodinma, took a cue from some other states across the country and shut down schooling activities in the southeast state.
The state government ordered that all tertiary institutions, primary and secondary schools in the state be shut down till further notice.
Governor Uzodinma issued the order during a state broadcast on Saturday, March 21.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government also ordered the shutdown of all private and public schools as a preventive measure.
The information, which was disclosed in a tweet via the official Twitter handle of the state government, noted that closure of schools takes effect from Monday, March 23.
According to the government, the precaution had become necessary to prevent children and teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic.
Also, with the threatening spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, governors in the northwestern region have ordered the closure of all schools for a period of 30 days as a preventive measure.
The governors, in a meeting held on Wednesday, March 18, agreed to shut down public places and this is to take effect from Monday, March 23.
This was revealed by Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina who is the chairman of the forum where the decision was made.
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