In a chat with reporters shortly after the exercise in Lokoja, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, said the ministry had been empowered by law to close down any illegal school in the state.
The Kogi State Government yesterday began the closure of sub-standard and illegal schools operating in the state.
Jones, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, said Kogi State Education Law came into effect in 2020 which empowered the ministry to close down sub-standard and illegal schools.
He stressed that until the affected schools fulfilled the ministry’s conditions for operations in the state, they would remain closed.
According to him, there is a task force already set up by the ministry that is going around, adding that the exercise would continue until set goals were achieved.
He advised owners of other sub-standard schools in the state to be ready for the same exercise.
The proprietors of some other schools were advised to report at the ministry today.