By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Sokoto state government has ordered the immediate temporary closure of its 16 boarding schools on border lines for two weeks.
The affected schools are: Government Girls Model Secondary School, Illela, Sultan Muhammadu Tambari Arabic Secondary School, Illela, Gamji Girls College, Rabah, Government Secondary School, Gada, Government Secondary School, Gandi and Government Secondary School, Goronyo
Others are: Government Secondary School, Isa, Government Secondary School Sabon Birnin Gobir, Boarding Primary School, Isa, Boarding Primary School, Balle and Boarding Primary School, Jabo.
The remaining are: UBE Junior Secondary School, Sabon Birni, Government Secondary School, Kebbe, Government Secondary School, Tureta, Government Technical College, Binji and Olusegun Obasanjo Technical College, Bafarawa.
The directive came Wednesday after its 17th Security Council meeting as contained following the brief received by the Council from the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Muhammad Bello Abubakar Guiwa on the security situation in the affected areas and the threats it portends.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who made the disclosure according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello said the schools would be closed, temporarily for two weeks.
Accordingly, Tambuwal directed the Ministries of Basic and Secondary Education and that of Science and Technology to temporarily merge the students of the affected schools with those of other schools for the continuation of their studies pending the improvement in the security situation of the affected areas.
Also, Principals of the affected schools had been directed to comply with immediate effect.