Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello in a statewide broadcast to Nigerlites today Monday, announced an indefinite daily curfew from 8:00am to 8:00pm beginning from March 25th, 2020, with a ban on all forms of street begging and hawking in the state.
The Governor also directed all civil servants from level 1-12 to stay at home except those on essential services.
Governor Sani Bello therefore enjoined Traditional Rulers to ensure that all Almajiri Schools in their communities are also closed down.
He strongly advised all public offices including Ministries, Departments and Agencies to provide hand washing items at the entrance of their facilities and the general public be vigilant and adhere strictly to personal hygiene social distancing and seek medical attention in the event of symptoms.
The Governor disclosed that, as a proactive measure, government has strengthen the surveillance system to detect any case of corona virus disease (Covid-19), including investigation and monitoring of any outbreak.
“We have reactivated our Isolation Centers and rooms in all our General Hospitals across the state and have also prepositioned drugs, medical supplies, personal protection equipment at the Isolation Center”, he added.
Governor Sani Bello said government was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on how to prevent infection and mitigate, in case of an outbreak in the state.
While urging residents to adhere strictly to public health guidelines, the Governor called on individuals with travel history from countries and states with cases of Corona virus disease (Covid-19) to ensure self isolation and report to the nearest health facility in the state.