COVID-19: Vehicles Banned From Coming Into Borno …Yobe To Close Border Tuesday

By Bukar Bolori 

Borno State has intensified the battle against coronavirus as it riled out stricter measures to check against the pandemic from sneaking into the state.

Though the state is yet to officially come out with any incident of the pandemic, the state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Sunday following the recommendations by a high powered committee on containment of the COVID-19, approved among others that all passengers and vehicular movement into the state are banned with effect from Tuesday 31st March 2020, except those bringing in food items, medicines, fuel and other humanitarian goods.

Other measures taken include the barring of all civil servants from Grade Levels 1-12 from coming to the office, they are advised to work from home, except those on essential services such as health workers, water and borehole operators, fire service, security, etc.

In the announcement by the committee, said: “The biometric exercise for the verification of local government staff is hereby suspended for the next two weeks.

“As from Tuesday 30th March, 2020, all banks operating in Maiduguri and organizions using biometric attendance equipment must provide hand washing stations and hand sanitizers at all operation points. Furthermore, banks are to limit number of customers in banking halls to not more than 15 at a time and to activate all ATM points to be functional.”

It also imposed restriction on the number of passengers in public transport to not more than three passengers and the driver in a car and not more than two passengers and the rider in a ‘keke napep’ and buses to limit the number of passengers to 10 and a driver at most with effect from Tuesday 31st March 2020.

It said: “All shops in organized business areas to provide hand washing stations and temperature monitoring, and to promote and maintain social distancing or risk closure of their shops.”

“All citizens, especially those at risk of COVID-19 disease to provide necessary information to the health workers and to please avail themselves to the Ministry of Health staff for documentation and advice on self isolation and care,” according to the announcement, which insist that:

“All measures are interim for a period of two weeks to be reviews as necessary.”

It stated that: “Government has put in place measures that will cushion some of the hardships and hereby ask all citizens to be calm and remain law abiding in this trying moment and to intensify prayers.”

Yobe will Tuesday be close to all.

Meanwhile, Yobe state said it will close its border starting from Tuesday to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

In a statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the governor (Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni), Mallam Mamman Mohammed, said: “Yobe state Governor, His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has directed closure of the

state borders from midnight of Tuesday 31st March, 2020 to guard against importation of the dreaded Corona Virus into the state.”

Mohammed said “this became necessary following the spike in spread of the virus in the country.”

He said the “governor expressed gratitude to Allah (SWT) for sparing the state and its people since the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic and the zero status of the state.

“The Governor said in spite of the state’s zero status, government had taken adequate measures by establishing isolation centres with equipment and constituting a committee on Corona Virus under the chairmanship of the state Deputy Governor, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana.”

The statement further said a Rapid Response Team was also established to closely monitor any suspicious case as the state remain grateful that no single case has been recorded upto now.

The governor urged the people to adhere to medical advises, avoid over crowded gatherings and wash their hands from time to time, while appealing to the people to cooperate with government and all the relevant agencies for a collective approach to the fight against the pandemic.

The governor also called on traders not to hoard essential commodities to hike up prices and create additional hardships on the people.

He however asked the people to be calm and steadfast in prayers to seek divine intervention to save the state, Nigeria and humanity.

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