Following the increasing cases of COVID-19 pandemic, the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has directed students and workers to remain at home with the continued closure of schools and offices till further notice.
Bello stated this on Wednesday after a meeting with the State COVID-19 Task Force, led by Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrabim Matane.
He said that people are not adhering to the precautionary measures.
While briefing newsmen, he expressed dismay that the ease of lockdown in the State had resulted in a situation where many residents no longer adhere or observe precautionary measures put in place by the government and health officials.
According to him: “Government has noticed with dismay that people no longer follow laid down protocols on curbing the spread of COVID-19.
“Therefore, there should be a reinvigoration of the curfew earlier imposed in the State from 10pm to 4am daily.
“Also, students are to remain at home till further notice.”
Governor Bello also directed security agencies to strictly enforce compulsory wearing of face masks, adding that those who disobey COVID-19 precautionary rules should be prosecuted in mobile courts.
He said all deaths must now be reported for proper medical inquiries before burial to check dangers posed by those who died of COVID-19 ailment unidentified, adding: “All social gathering remain banned.”
He however regretted that the State has recorded nine deaths out of 166 COVID-19 cases, while 113 others have been discharged.
The Governor also gave reason for the delay in the distribution of palliative food items donated to the state by CACOVID, explaining that the exercise will commence as soon as the supply of items are completed.
He said: “However, we will contact CACOVID Secretariat to see if they can give us permission to share the available items while waiting for the supply of the remaining balance.
“The truth is that we cannot touch anything without their permission.
“We only provided storage for them.
“We don’t have the right to do otherwise.”