From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG) Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane has said that the state government have ordered r the closure of schools in the state from Monday, 23rd March, 2020 to protect the lives of children against the spread of coronavirus.
He stated this at the weekend while briefing journalists on the measures taking by the state against the spread of the virus.
Matane said government is worried about the increasing cases of the Coronavirus, adding that “it is important to take measures to save lives. All social and political gatherings are also suspended”.
The SSG hinted that government has released N28.2m as first trench of funds to combat the virus in Niger state.
He explained that the workers in the state will still report for duties in their various offices adding that the the state has not advanced to the stage where its workers can operate from home.
In his remarks, the Niger state commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, Dr Mohammed Makun Sidi said that over 800 persons suspected to have direct or indirect contact with index cases of Convid- 19 in Nigeria are running away from selve isolations and quarantine as at Friday.
He added that this was making the war against the pandemic challenging hence the need to change the areas of difficulties to curb the spread of the disease.