Niger state Government has commenced fumigation of public places against the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.
This exercise follows the directive of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
A statement by Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, chief press secretary to the governor of Niger state, obtained by Summit News, said the Commissioner of Environment and Forestry, Mohammed Tanko Zakari, represented Governor Sani Bello, at the flag-off exercise at the Kure Ultra-Modern Market on Wednesday, April 1.
The governor assured that the exercise will be carried out in the 25 local government areas of the state.
The state chief executive said the fumigation of the state is to ensure that no case of coronavirus is witnessed.
“We are here because we want to make sure in addition to the restriction we fumigate all areas of Niger State”, he said.
According to him, the restriction is not to punish anyone but a strategy to safeguard the people against the coronavirus.
He listed places to be fumigated to include, Markets, Mosques, Churches, Schools, Supermarkets, and other public places that attract large number of people.
He allayed the fears of the people, saying that the chemicals being used to fumigate the state are not harmful to humans.
Governor Sani Bello appreciated the people for their patience and for complying with the government’s directives.
The General Manager, Niger State Environmental Protection Agency, NISEPA, Mallam Habibu Abdulkhadir, said the exercise which is expected to last three weeks is aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.
Abdulkhadir added that they took advantage of the restriction period to fumigate the state.
He appreciated the state government for providing the funds to embark on the exercise, assuring that they will reach out to all parts of the state.