Niger Extends Lockdown By 2 Weeks.
YAHAYA ZAKKA MINNA.
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has announced the extension of the State COVID-19 Preventive, Containment and Emergency Order by two weeks starting from Wednesday, 27th May, 2020.
A statement issued by Secretary to the Government of Niger State (SSG) and Chairman, Niger State Task Force on COVID-19 Pandemic, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane 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.
The Governor 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.
The Governor advised that, 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 remain, the statement added.
Bello stated that movement within border areas remained restricted and monitored except for those on essential services, stressing that even those eligible to cross into the State will be examined and screened thoroughly by medical personnel.
According to the statement “Public and Private Schools as well as Tertiary Institutions remained closed while social activities that involves more than twenty people stand prohibited”. He warned.
He further stated that operations of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada remained banned while other commercial vehicles to abide by the Ministry of Transport guidelines.
The SSG urged the people of the State to support Government intentions which are designed to keep everyone safe from the dreaded disease, stressing that coronavirus remained very infectious and disruptive disease, therefore called for collective action to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the State.
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.
Ahmed Matane 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.