The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Education Secretariat has ordered owners of private schools and heads of public institutions to shut down operations Wednesday, July 27.
Although it did not connect the closure to recent security uprisings in the FCT, Bellnews Online has learnt that the move is to prevent any possible attack or abduction of students.
In a two-paragraph statement made available to newsmen, the Education Secretariat noted: “FCT Education Secretariat wishes to inform parents and guardians that the 2021/2022 academic calendar for FCT schools will come to an end on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022.
“All parents and guardians should please take note and ensure their wards are conveyed home in good time from the School premises,” the statement read.
On Monday, the Federal Ministry of Education asked Principals of all Federal Government Colleges (FGCs) otherwise known as Unity Schools to beef-up security in their respective colleges to forestall any form of breakdown of law and order.
It suggested to the principals liaise with the police and security agencies in their locations, as well as in-house school security outfits and other measures to protect their schools.
The suggestion was, perhaps, in response to the recent report of a security breach at the Federal Government College (FGC), Kwali, Abuja, at the weekend, which has been directed to close down and students vacated immediately.
Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu, in a statement by the Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, on Monday, confirmed earlier reports that indicated that there was a security threat in FGCs in Abuja.