Niger State extends Covid-19 lockdown

Niger State has extended the Covid-19 Preventive, Containment and Emergency Order by two weeks.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, on Thursday disclosed that the extension of the lockdown is as a result of the increase of confirmed cases in the state and the need to protect people of the State from contracting coronavirus.

Alhaji Matane, who is also the Chairman of the Task Force on covid 19 in the State, reminded the people of the State to adhere strictly to the safety protocols of Covid-19 such as mandatory wearing of face mask in public places. Observance of social distancing, regular hand washing with soap under running water, application of hand sanitizers and stay at home as advised by health workers.

“There shall be no human and vehicular movements on the lockdown days except those on essential services, adding that the three days window period of Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays remains”.

The Niger State Covid-19 task force Chairman, mentioned that movement within boundaries of the state and border towns should be restricted and monitored except for those on essential services.

“Even those eligible to cross into the State will be examined and screened thoroughly by medical personnel”. 

“Public and private schools as well as tertiary institutions remain closed while social activities that involve more than twenty people stand prohibited,” said Matane

Ahmed Matane further stated that operations of commercial motorcycles remain banned while other commercial vehicles are to abide by the Ministry of Transport guidelines.  He urged the people of the State to support Government intentions which are designed to keep everyone safe from the dreaded disease.

The Chairman stated that the State Task Force on Covid-19 Pandemic has a duty to work closely with all relevant stakeholders in order to ensure that everything is been done to contain the spread of the virus in the State.

Matane, however, warned that anybody that fails to comply with the restriction, prohibition or requirement imposed under the Covid-19 Order or do anything contrary to the provisions of this Order shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment or both fine and imprisonment in accordance with the extant laws.

Source: Voice of Nigeria