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COVID-19: Niger Govt Tightens Measures As Assembly Postpones Resumption



The Niger State has reinforced measures against the spread of coronavirus following the only case so far recorded in the state. Against this backdrop, members of the House of Assembly have postponed their resumption earlier slated for yesterday while the state’s Task force on Coronavirus has threatened that anybody who enters the state within the two weeks of total shut down will be quarantined. In a statement released by the clerk of the Assembly, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullahi Kalgara, he explained that the postponement was in line with the state government’s twoweek lockdown to avert the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

He, therefore, enjoined members and staff to abide by the shutdown order and stay safe against COVID-19 Meanwhile, the task force has announced that anybody crossing the border of the state within the two weeks’ period of the lockdown must submit himself or herself for quarantine because it has no human and material resources to contain further spread of the disease. The chairman of the task force and secretary to the state government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, said that the order was part of the strategies to ensure the total lockdown of the state as directed by the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

He said in a statement he issued yesterday in Minna, the state capital, which the state government had taken drastic precautionary measures to safeguard the residents of the state in view of devastating effects of the virus to victims and the fact that the state has limited manpower and resources to cater for confirmed cases. The chairman said that measures taken by the government is not meant to punish or cause hardship to the citizens, but was in their interest, adding that, as a responsive government that value the lives of its citizens , it has no option than to take drastic precautionary measures against the spread of the pandemic.

Matane, however, said that vehicles carrying fuel, food items, medicals and those on essential services were exempted from the no movement order. He called on all Nigerlites to be watchful of strangers in their midst and report their presence to the Niger State Task Force on COVID-19 or the disease surveillance Epidemiology unit for necessary medical examination.