Niger Governor Declares Lockdown Over COVID-19; Bauchi Governor in Self-isolation

Niger Governor, Abubakar Bello has declared a lockdown in the state, which restricts movement from 8 am. to 8 pm.

The Governor in a state broadcast on Monday said the restriction would begin from Wednesday.

He said the move became necessary due to the new cases emerging from Abuja, of which Niger state is very close to.

“In the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic, I wish to state that Niger State Government will enforce all preventive measures as advised by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), especially social distancing and hand washing routines. I hereby direct further that:

“a. All public and private schools and institutions in Niger State to remain closed down from today, Monday 23rd March, 2020.

b. All public gatherings of more than 20 persons are prohibited from today 23rd March 2020.

c. All public offices including Ministries, Departments and Agencies must provide hand washing items at the entrance of their facilities.

Meanwhile, all civil servants on grade level 1-12 are to stay at home, except those on essential services.

d. The general public including market men and women must practice social distancing and handwashing with soap regularly.

e. The traditional leaders should ensure all almajiri schools in their communities are closed down.

f. All forms of street hawking and begging are by this directive banned.

g. As from Wednesday, March 25th, 2020, the state shall observe daily curfew from 8:00 am to 8:00pm till further notice.

“Finally, I strongly advise the general public to be vigilant, adhere strictly to personal hygiene, social distancing and seek medical attention in the event of symptoms.”

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Meanwhile, his Bauchi counterpart, Bala Mohammed is in self-isolation over fears of contracting the dreaded virus after his contact with the son of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

This was revealed by the state’s Chief of Staff, Ladan Salihu, who added that they have been tested and are awaiting the results.

Atiku had on Sunday disclosed via his Twitter page that his son tested positive to the pandemic.

There have been several reactions to the development with sympathies from top echelons in society.

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But the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, is yet to acknowledge the development.

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