Not pleased with the non adherence to government’s directive for civil servants to stay at home, the Adamawa State Government has imposed a lockdown throughout the State aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19.
According to a statement signed by Chief press Secretary to the Governor, Humwashi Wonosikou, The lockdown is for a period of 14 Days with effect from midnight Tuesday March 31st 2020.
Governor Umaru Fintri last week directed civil servants from grade level 1-14 to stay at home and practice social distancing; an advise flouted by many as residents of the state carried on with their normal lifestyles.
“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri says though painful, the decision is necessary to save lives.” Wonosikous stated.
The statement further said: “Inter State travel restriction is also imposed as inter State and international borders with Cameroon are to remain shut during this period. The ban also affects tricycle, taxis and bus operators throughout the State.”
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintri regretted that the directive to workers on grade levels 1-14 to stay at home was not adhered to in the first instance and therefore Government is left with no option than to impose the lockdown in the overall interest of the people as Covid-19 continues to spread with 111 reported cases in Nigeria so far.
“Social Activities such as Clubbing and Joints are banned, Markets are also hereby restricted, except for those selling food items, Pharmaceuticals, Filling Stations, while Banks are to provide skeletal services”. Wonosikou explains.
The Government however emphasises on the need to ensure basic hygiene practices of hand washing, social distancing and avoiding crowded places.”
Bauchi is the only state in the northeast with a confirmed case of the disease. Consequently all the states in the region have imposed lock down restricting road travels to avoid further spread of the disease.