COVID 19: Niger state govt. imposes ban on night travels, to repatriate Almajiris

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Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello: security to be reinforced at the borders

The Niger state government has banned all night travels of vehicles and people from 6:00 pm to 7:00 am in order
to forestall any further spread of the novel coronavirus disease in the state.

A statement by Mary Noel Berje, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, made available to SummitNews, said the governor made this known when he addressed the COVID-19 State Taskforce Committee at the Government House, Minna, the state capital.

Gov. Sani Bello noted that having reviewed the existing lockdown order, there was the need to strengthen it in order to curb the spread of the dreaded virus.

He said the night travel ban has become necessary as it is the period used by motorists to convey people and goods from one state to another, thereby flouting the lockdown order, adding that the three index cases recorded in the state were all travelers.

The state chief executive directed that security at all borders of the state be reinforced through the deployment of conventional security outfits and volunteers like Red Cross, Boys Brigade and ‘Yan Agaji’.

The governor also directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to discuss with various unions such as the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) to ensure that they support the government on the interstate ban.

On the repatriation of Almajiris, the SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane revealed that eight Isolation Centres have been identified in the eight Emirate Councils where they would be profiled, tested for COVID-19 before they are repatriated to their state of origin under strict supervision of the state government.

The SSG disclosed that the state government will soon increase its capacity to test more people so that the state can actually know its true position and status on COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the state government has reiterated that Tuesday, Friday and Sunday strictly remain the window days for restocking while insisting on the intra and inter-state border ban.

The SSG reminded that violators of the use of face mask and non-adherence to the social distancing order risks prosecution while urging the citizens to always observe personal hygiene and stay safe.

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