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COVID-19: Governors agree on 14 days inter-state lockdown

Governors of the 36 states of the federation on Wednesday, April 22, have “unanimously” agreed to impose an inter-state lockdown within the country over the following period of time to test the state-to-state spread of COVID-19. The governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) reached the agreement after receiving a rendezvous from the governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun states who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID-19. Daily Trust reports that a communique issued by the NGF chairman and governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, at the tip of the virtual meeting said only essential services would be permitted.

The state governors immersed the decentralization of the COVID-19 response, saying it’s the most effective chance of nipping the spread of the virus in communities. They also raised a heavy concern over the rising spread of the virus among medical experts and resolved to figure with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to confirm that medical experts are “adequately” given personal protective equipment (PPE) and are “constantly” trained on the employment of protective gears. The NGF chairman also briefed the forum on things of the pandemic and coordination efforts with the centralized, multilateral and bilateral partners, and also the private sector.

The forum held a minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians who had lost their lives from coronavirus, especially medical experts who were within the front lines of the epidemic. PAY
It was reported that the director-general of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that President Muhammadu Buhari will make some difficult decisions on COVID-19 containment next week. Ihekweazu made the statement while on a courtesy call to the Katsina state governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Masari in his office at Government House Katsina.

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