From Steve Oko, Umuahia
The Abia State Government has announced a stimulus of N10 million each to tertiary institutions in the state to embark on online lectures and tutorials so that students can access lectures from the comfort of their homes.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who announced this during a press conference on measures to prevent coronavirus pandemic in Umuahia, also said primary and secondary schools in the state have up to March 30 to round off their exams and go on vacation.
While also directing tertiary institutions in the state to close down, the governor said the action was part of proactive measures by government to stem the spread of the pandemic in the state even though there was no index case yet.
Ikpeazu also directed immediate cancellation of proposed convocation of the state-owned Abia State University, Uturu.
He, however, said that the Vice Chancellor would later announce the date for the closure of the institution.
The governor said the state had acquired hand sanitizer and buckets for distribution to public places including schools as part of strategies in curbing the spread of the disease.
He said Abia had already designated two isolation centres in Aba and Umuahia for treatment of any coronavirus case in the state.