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Published On: Tue, Mar 31st, 2020

Niger govt extends curfew from 10am to 12 midnight

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has called on Nigerians to shun their differences and unite to contain the pandemic corona virus (COVID-19) disease.
Governor Bello made this known at a media briefing held in Government House, Minna, expressed happiness for testing negative to the dreaded COVID-19 while also sad about the positive result of others.
According to him, “despite been tested negative, self-isolation will continue for him and his cabinet members, adding that in the next few weeks, a true picture of the state’s Corona virus situation will be made clear.
Bello stated that Nigerians must collectively fight the dreaded monster which knows no bounds stressing that it was not the time to start making mockery or stigmatizing those affected with the disease as anyone can get infected with it.
He further extended the ongoing curfew from 10am to 12 (midnight). This he said has become necessary due to lack of compliance.
The Governor stressed that stringent measures will now be employed against those who refuse to comply with the directive.
He explained that both intra-state and inter-state movements remain restricted for, at least, the next few weeks.
The Governor disclosed that the Ventilators ordered by the state government have started arriving adding that government is also making efforts to have its own testing kits and test centre.
He stated that each of the eight emirates will have a quarantine centre except Kontagora and Bida, which are to have two centres because they have more local governments.
Governor Sani Bello said the state government was already in talks with Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) so as to ensure steady power supply of, at least, 18 hours in the state.
He assured that relief materials will soon be distributed to the less privileged through the wards in the state to serve as palliative measure and to ease the effect of restrictions of movement.

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