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COVID-19: Mass Closure Of Schools Unconstitutional, Disastrous – Afe Babalola

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Legal Luminary, Afe Babalola (SAN), has described the mass closure of Nigerian universities by the federal government owing to the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic as unconstitutional.

The founder of Afe Babalola University expressed this view in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday at a press conference about the attempt by the federal government to defer the resumption of universities earlier slated for January 18.

He expressed that such action would turn out to be counterproductive and disastrous to the education sector, especially closing down of private schools without prior consultation.


The Legal Icon said: “I am of the firm view that mass closure of schools is unconstitutional, disastrous and counter-productive.

“It is certainly unjust to the parents, teachers, students and Proprietors of schools and also violates the rule of natural justice,” he stated.

He further described such scenario to be at variance with what is obtainable in the developed world.

This reaction is coming few days after Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated that the January 18, earlier set by the federal government for schools resumption might be reviewed.


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