People no longer follow safety protocols on Covid-19, Gov. Bello laments


Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State has expressed dismay at the seeming non-challant attitude of people in the State to established safety protocols on Covid-19, saying he is shocked that people no longer care to even wear facemasks.

He described the development as scary, adding that the government found it unacceptable.

In remarks at a news briefing after his meeting with the State’s Task Force Committee on COVID-19 in Minna, Bello vowed to impose stricter conditions against non-adherence to safety protocols of wearing face mask, hand-washing, use of sanitisers and maintenance of physical distancing.

“All forms of mass gathering occasioned by the ease of lockdown are hereby proscribed, and there shall be reinvigorated curfew from 10 p.m. till 4 a.m,” he declared, disclosing that he had directed the State’s Ministries of Information, Health and relevant MDAs to embark on sensitization on the need to observe the protocols to curtail spread of the virus in the State.

He called for caution in interactions among people especially in markets, motor parks, places of worship and other public places.

And as part of measures to curb spread of the virus, Bello disclosed that he had directed that all access to government house and other government offices should be restricted except for those on essential services, warning that the security agencies had been directed to strictly enforce compliance.

Violators of the directives, he said, would be prosecuted by mobile courts.

The Governor also directed the Ministry of Health to ensure that all deaths were tested for COVID-19 at the nearest health facility for burial protocol.

He disclosed that the State recorded 166 cases of COVID-19, discharged 113, with nine deaths, giving the 11 most affected local government areas to include Bida, Borgu, Bosso, Chanchaga, Kontagora, Mariga, among others.

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