From: Ruth Yarnap, Bauchi
Bauchi state government has reviewed the partial lockdown in the state even as it has lifted the ban on religious gatherings with effect from Thursday, the 21st May, 2020.
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, who disclosed this on Wednesday during a stakeholders meeting held at the Command Guest House, Bauchi, said that the state has achieved success so far in the management of the COVID 19 pandemic.
He said that the aim of the meeting was to assist government in ensuring that the protective protocol put in place are adhered to strictly in order to be free from the infection, adding that with the present situation, religious gatherings can resume effective tomorrow.
According to him, “we are now looking at the possibility of lifting the lockdown completely in the state, so that as from Thursday, people will go about their normal businesses, but we will come up to agree with some templates where we will continue with the social distancing, and mask wearing will become compulsory.
“This decision will be taken by you because the total decision of the lockdown was taken by you. We are just suggesting as a government and on behalf of the government, I am suggesting that as from Thursday, we should lift the lockdown, even the one in Katagum, because it has been 10 days and of course the whole state”.
The Governor added, “people will go about their normal businesses, pray on Friday and Eid, if we agree on context and character, so that people will go to Eid, but we will need the support of our royal fathers, so that there will be no much celebrations.”
He then commended the religious leaders and traditional rulers for their support and cooperation during the partial lockdown in the state and said that whatever decision arrived at the stakeholders meeting will be fully implemented as the WHO has made it clear that the pandemic is here to stay.
According to him, the government will procure face masks that will be distributed freely to the people and called on private organizations in the state to do same for their employees and their families in the state.