Coronavirus: Rivers, Kogi shut borders … Lagos denies lockdown

 

The Rivers State Government said it would close its air sea and land borders with effect from Thursday.

The State Governor, Nyesom Wike, who made this announcement in a state broadcast on Wednesday, said the move was to further check the spread of coronavirus to the state.

The governor, who had earlier announced the closure of the biggest market in Port Harcourt (Oil Mill Market), added that the move became necessary after security agents, who were acting on a tip-off, prevented an infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Also, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has ordered the closure of all entry points into the state.

Bello disclosed this in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, on Wednesday.

Bello also ordered the suspension of all social, cultural and religious activities in the state adding that essential activities must not have a crowd beyond 5 persons.

Commercial motorcycle operators, according to the statement, are to suspend their operations with effect from Thursday.

He also said civil servants at Grade Level 1-13, except those on specified essential services (medical personnel, revenue officers, law enforcement) should remain at home.

He added, “Tricycle (keke) operators may carry only one (1) passenger at a time and must provide hand sanitizers for use by their passengers. Relevant officials are empowered to stop and enforce compliance. Defaulters will be arrested.

“Regular 4-wheeled taxis may carry only three (3) passengers at a time (1 in front and 2 behind) and must provide hand sanitizers for use by their passengers. Relevant officials are empowered to stop and enforce compliance. Defaulters will be arrested.”

Buses may carry only two (2) passengers per row of seats, subject to a maximum of 10 passengers per trip for any type of bus. Relevant officials are empowered to stop and enforce compliance. Defaulters will be arrested.

“All public areas, pubs and restaurants are limited to five customers at a time, seated apart in line with the social distancing guidelines. Operators and customers are advised to utilise delivery and takeaway options more during this period.”

“All transport companies, transport unions and terminal operators must keep a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers, especially verified phone numbers.”

The Lagos State Government, in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, said the state was not on lockdown.

According the commissioner, the impression created by such reports is erroneous; Lagos is not on lockdown despite the stringent measures introduced by the government.

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