COVID-19: Niger state govt. orders total lockdown, effective Monday, April 13

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Gov. Sani Bello: We must endure the pains of today, and avoid the consequential damage of tomorrow

Sequel to the confirmation by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) of a COVID-19 index case in Minna, the Niger state capital, the state governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Saturday directed the complete lockdown of the state for twenty four hours daily for the next two weeks starting from Monday, April 13, 2020.

However, a window has been created to allow people replenish household essentials on the following days: Thursday April 16, Monday April 20, Thursday April 23, and Monday April, 27 2020 from 6am to 6pm.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, obtained by Summit News, however, clarified that the window does not include social or religious activities, adding that anyone caught flaunting the order will face the wrath of the law.

Governor Sani Bello said the decisive action became necessary in order to endure the pains of today and avoid the consequential damage of tomorrow.

He disclosed that the confirmed COVID-19 case is one Abubakar Sani, from Limawa area of Minna, who travelled and returned home two weeks ago, adding the he didn’t get access to his family on his return, but has endangered the lives of those who travelled in the same vehicle with him, as well as other neighbours.

The governor directed that the entire residents of Limawa area of Minna should be quarantined, while patrols within the streets of Minna should be carried out extensively.

The state chief executive noted that it was time for collective action against the pandemic, rather than being sentimental, adding that if the situation gets worse, the state do not have enough manpower, resources or technical knowhow to curtail the spread.

Accordingly, the governor directed all political appointees to go back to their Local Government Areas to coordinate and monitor activities and, most importantly, carry out sensitization and report back to the state government at the centre.

The governor also maintained that the lockdown does not affect those on special duties and essential services especially those that deal on food items and pharmaceuticals, as well as Vigilantes.

He stated that, in case of any casualty, only the NSTA vehicles will be available or deployed for emergency services as all parks are expected to remain closed.

The deadly virus

The governor also directed the Committee on Covid-19 to provide palliatives to those that are in dire need and also provide reflective jackets for the Task Force on essential service to be distributed to all the Local Government Areas and other members.

Meanwhile, the state Ministry of Health has set up additional isolation centres to attend to cases that may arise, while the only confirmed case is already isolated and being taken care of.

Governor Sani Bello expressed appreciation to all those who have made donations to the government towards ameliorating the sufferings of the people.

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