- All schools in Ondo state have been shut down over the rising tension generated by the #EndSARS protests
- Governor Akeredolu said the move is important to ensure the safety of students and staff as the protests turn violent
- Other states such as Lagos and Ekiti have taken similar measures
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As the #EndSARS protesters spiral out of control, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has directed the closure of all the schools in the state.
The Ondo state governor made the announcement via a short thread of tweets posted on his official Twitter handle, @RotimiAkeredolu, on Tuesday, October 20.
Governor Akeredolu said the move is to ensure the safety of students and staff, adding that the state government will ensure that schools resume as soon as possible.
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The tweets read:
The Lagos state government had earlier taken a similar measure as hoodlums hijacked the protest at the country's economic nerve centre.
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.”
Similarly, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has ordered the closure of all the private and government schools in Ekiti amid ongoing protests and unrest in the state.
This was announced on Monday, October 19, by the state commissioner for education, science and technology, Mrs Kofoworola Aderiye.
Some students in public and private schools in Oyo state have also been asked to stay at home. The directive was made on Tuesday, October 20, over the on-going protests against the disbanded SARS.
Most of the teachers were said to have been trapped in traffic and were unable to get to school.
Although the state government has not made any official announcement for their closure, most private schools said the decision was necessitated by hardship students and pupils witnessed on account of the #EndSARS protest in major parts of the state on Monday, October 19.
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