Despite the increasing argument against a social media regulation, the Katsina State Government has begin to censor social media use in the state.
This restriction was contained in a circular shared to schools and civil servants on December 7.
The circular was titled, “Abolishing of Whatsapp groups in our schools” came from the Zonal Education Quality Assurance of the Katsina State Ministry of Education and was sent to all heads and principals of public schools in the state.
The government ordered that principals of public schools should ban their WhatsApp groups “due to the multiple postings being made, which create problems and insubordination between the school authority and its staff.”
It also directed all civil servants to stop commenting on government activities.
The circular said, “I am directed to write and inform all the principals to direct the various Group Admin in their respective schools to wipe out the so-called school Whatsapp. The abolishing of this group becomes necessary due to the multiple postings being made, which create problems and insubordination between the school authority and its staff.
“Principals should also remind their staff about the government circular that prohibits any civil servant from commenting positively or negatively on government activities on Facebook or Whatsapp.”