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Nigeria Governors agree on 14-days inter state lock-down

PublishedBy: in NewsApril 23, 2020


The 36 State Governors of the federation on Wednesday “unanimously” agreed to implement an inter-State lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic from State to State.

The Governors took the decision at the sixth teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) which was held on Wednesday.

Mr Kayode Fayemi, the NGF chairman and Ekiti State governor  in a communique issued at the end of the meeting said the action became necessary because of the increasing evidence of community transmission of coronavirus.

It read: “Following an update from the NGF Secretariat on the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, members expressed serious concern over the rising spread of the virus among health workers,” read a communique issued at the end of the meeting,” the communique issued at the end of the meeting read.

“The governors resolved to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure that health workers are adequately provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and are constantly trained on the use of protective gears.

“In order to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states, Governors resolved to set up COVID-19 Committees at the regional level, headed by their State Commissioners of Health.

“Regional Committees will continue to interface with the State Task Force Committees on COVID-19 already established in each state.

“The Forum also received briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun states who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID-19.

“Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate spread of the virus from State to State. Only essential services will be permitted.”

Mr Fayemi briefed the forum on the coordination efforts with the federal government, multilateral and bilateral partners, and the private sector through the Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

The NGF also held a minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians who had lost their lives to complications of coronavirus, especially health personnel, who were frontline workers.

The governors also conveyed their condolences to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of Borno on the death of Former Chief of staff to the President, late Abba Kyari, who passed away on 17th April and congratulated Nasir el-Rufai, their Kaduna counterpart, who recovered from the virus.

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