The Kano State Government has ordered the immediate closure of 12 out of the over 50 boarding schools to ensure the safety of the students especially those on the outskirt of the State.

This followed the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in neighbouring Zamfara State in the early hours of friday.

A statement signed on Friday by the state Commissioner of Education Muhammad Sunusi Kiru, said the decision is part of resolve to protect the children from any unforeseen circumstances.

“It was necessary for the Kano State Government to take proactive measures to prevent the occurrence of such incidents in our schools.

“As you know, the state government always takes proactive measures on issues related to security, especially that it affects students.

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Meanwhile, Mr Kiru urged parents to bear with the state government over the painful decision, saying it is for the good of the children.

He said schools will resume once the security situation is brought under control.

“Therefore, we are appealing to parents and guardians to immediately vacate their children from the schools, as the government will later announce the resumption day.

“The affected schools include Boarding Secondary School Ajingi; Government Girls Boarding School Sumaila; Government Girls Boarding School Jogana, and Government Girls Boarding School Gezawa.

“Others include Government Boys Boarding School Kafin Maiyaki; Maitama Sule Boarding School Gaya; Government Girls Boarding School Kachako.

“And also Government Girls Boarding School Unguwan Gyartai in Kunchi; Boys Unity School Karaye; Government Girls Arabic School in Albasu; Government Secondary School Tudun Wada and also that of Danzabuwa.”

According to the commissioner, most of these schools are located along borders with neighbouring states, while some are along highways where they can be easily attacked.