Governors of the 36 States of the federation have “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of an inter-State lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus from State to State.
The governors, operating under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum -NGF, reached the agreement after receiving briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID-19.
A communiqe issued by the Nigerian Governors forum NGF chairman and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, at the end of the sixth COVID-19 teleconference meeting said only essential services would be permitted.
The State governors called for the decentralization of the COVID-19 response as the best chance of nipping the spread of the virus in communities with over 25 States now affected by the spread of the virus and increasing evidence of community transmission.
Members of the Nigerian Governors forum also voiced serious concern over the rising spread of the virus among health workers and resolved to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to ensure that health workers are “adequately” provided with personal protective equipment and are “constantly” trained on the use of protective gears.
By Bassey Ibiatisuho
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