The Nigerian government has ordered the closure of all schools in the country until January 18, 2021.

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known at its briefing on Monday.

Most schools across Nigeria have already closed for the year. But many had scheduled the first and second weeks of January for resumption.

On Monday, Mr Mustapha said the decision to move the date was reached based on advice from the federal ministry of education as part of measures to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

“The PTF on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education, expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect,” he said.

The federal government had on Monday re-introduced some restrictions as Nigeria joins the list of countries experiencing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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