From: Ruth Yarnap Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government has reviewed the lockdown order to allow citizens survive during the restriction period without hardship even as it has shut its borders with other states to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
The State’s Deputy Governor and Chairman, Rapid Response Committee on Coronavirus and Lassa Fever, Senator Baba Tela disclosed this while briefing journalists at the Government House on Thursday saying that from Thursday by 6pm all borders with neighboring states will remain closed to prevent infected people coming to the state to spread the disease among people.
Following the absence of palliative measures for the people of the state, he said the people will be allowed to go about their normal businesses but with observation of the social distancing strategy as advised by the authorities.
Sentor Tela explained that the state’s borders with seven other neghbouring states will be shut down on Thursday, 2nd April for 14 days though restrictions of movement within the state have been relaxed.
He appealed to the citizens to always observe social distancing of not less than 1.2 meters, especially in social gatherings of large numbers such as markets, mosques, churches and weddings.
The Deputy Governor also called on traders in the state to desist from the bad habit of increasing prizes of items as a result of the announcement of the lockdown.
He announced that already the state government has received donations of 1,800 personal protection equipment, two ventilators, surgical hand gloves, face masks, hand sanitizers and thermometers from the Northeast Development Commission.
Sentor Tela also disclosed that a private rice company in the state, Tramil rice company has donated 3600 bags of rice worth N34m to the state government in order to reduce the hardship of citizens.