- Lagos state government has shut down all the schools over EndSARS protests
- This was made known on Monday, October 19, by the commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo
- Adefisayo said the closure would help prevent the lives of the students and other schools workers
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The Lagos state government has directed all pupils and students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the #EndSARS protests.
The Nation reports that the state commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo, who issued the directive, said the safety of the pupils/students, parents, and all staff working in schools was paramount “at this critical period.”
Legit.ng gathered that she, however, advised parents to keep an eye on their wards and not allow them to be used as willing tools in the hands of those who might want to hijack the protests to unleash mayhem on the society.
The commissioner also encouraged schools to utilise other means of distance teaching and learning such as radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post COVID-19 lockdown.
Adefisayo said that a new date of resumption for all classes would be announced as soon as possible.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that all secondary and primary schools including tertiary institutions in Lagos may be shut down by the state government if the demonstrations by the EndSARS protesters continue.
Nigerian Tribune had reported that the government said that the measure would be taken to ensure the safety of the students and the school workers.
The newspaper had said that the head of the public affairs unit of the state’s ministry of education, Kayode Abayomi, confirmed it in an exclusive interview in the evening on Monday, October 19.
He said the idea was conceived by the state’s ministry of education and already sold to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for consideration and approval.
He said the closure would start the moment the approval is given.
“So, we are waiting for Mr governor for approval."
He explained that the ministry would not want to put the lives of students and school workers in danger.
He said the dimension of the #EndSARs protest especially in the state as it is becoming more intense each day warranted the move.
He said if the approval is given, the students would be home until normalcy return to the state and the country by extension.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, urged the EndSARS protesters across the country to end their daily demonstrations and enter into dialogue with the government on law enforcement reforms.
It was reported that the minister said that Nigerians protesting against what they condemn as police brutality must end their daily demonstrations and enter into dialogue.
Dare said the government does not want the situation to “escalate or descend into chaos” as a result of the demonstrations and their impact on other Nigerians’ livelihoods.
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