The Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of public and private schools in the state indefinitely.
This was announced in a press statement by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi, on Monday.
Abayomi quoted the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”
Academic activities were affected in some schools in the state on Monday as protests against police brutality and bad governance continue.
The statement read in part, “The Lagos State Government has directed all pupils/students in public and private schools to stay at home following the tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.
“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”
Adefisay added that “the safety of the pupils/students, parents and all staff working in schools is paramount at this critical period”.
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 i.e radio, television and online media as they have been doing during and post the recent COVID-19 lockdown”.
The Lagos State Government had approved that both public and private schools in the state can fully resume from Monday, October 19, 2020.
Schools in the state were previously closed to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.
It was gathered that many students and teachers encountered difficulty in getting to schools in the state on Monday.
Some of the pupils and teachers trekked long distances to get to schools.
There was also violence in the Yaba area of the state when some hoodlums attacked operatives of the Police Rapid Response Squad.
This is as #EndSARS protesters mounted roadblocks in strategic locations in the state in a bid to express their displeasure.
The protesters also grounded activities at Lagos airport.
Several blockades were mounted at different locations from the local airport down to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, forcing several passengers to opt for alternative means of transportation.
Singing solidarity songs with placards, the protesters marched towards the entrance of the MMIA where they expressed their grievances.
A worker with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria told Punch that the protesters did not break into the airport.
“They came but they didn’t block anybody. They just came to register their presence at the end of the day and the airforce officer escorted them to the tollgate,” the worker said.
“Right now, they have gone back to the tollgate but they didn’t disturb any passenger from accessing the terminal.
The problem with the terminal is that all the access points have been blocked. Passengers are finding it hard to get to the terminal. Cars are not picking passengers at the terminal.
“Passengers are trekking to the terminal but operations are still ongoing. I am supposed to drive home but I also have to trek.”
A passenger, Okonofua Akhankoa, said, “They came around twice and they just spoke to us. They aired their views. We had to come early to avoid the protests. My flight is by 10pm. I have been here since 7am.”