The 36 state Governors in Nigeria have recommended a national lockdown over the next two weeks to further curb the spread of coronavirus.
The decision was reached at a meeting of the Governors on Wednesday, April 22,2020.
Inter-State Lockdown: 36 State Governors Agree on Two Weeks Restriction Extension
Also, with over 25 states now affected by the spread of the deadly virus and increasing evidence of community transmission, the governors called for the decentralisation of the COVID-19 response team to check community infection.
They pledged to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to protect health workers.
Chairman of the forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, in a statement, said the inter-state lockdown had become a necessary following a continued rise in number of infected persons and fatalities recorded.
Fayemi said the Governors also resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level to be headed by health commissioners.
The Governors also express concern over the rising infection among health workers in the country and aims to find a lasting solution to this through the inter-state lockdown decision.
Members also conveyed their condolence to President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of Borno State on the passing of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, who passed away on 17th April 2020 in the line of duty to the country.
The communique read:
“We, members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, at our meeting held today deliberated on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and resolved as follows:
“The Forum held a minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians who have lost their lives from coronavirus, especially health workers who were in the front lines of the epidemic.
“The NGF Chairman briefed the Forum on the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and coordination efforts with the Federal Government, multilateral and bilateral partners, and the private sector through the Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
With state governors in Nigeria opting for additional two weeks nationwide inter-state lockdown, SOFO.NG is concerned at the state of situation of things in the rural areas especially armed robbery and unrest that may arise as a result of hunger. We want to believe that these state governors had devised a means to make provisions available for these people to stay at home in order to reduce the community spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Stay at home and stay safe.