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Bello shuts Niger, tells residents to remain indoors

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Zulum orders closure of Borno schools
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Niger State government has announced total lock down of the state to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Governor Abubakar Bello, in a state broadcast yesterday in Minna, ordered that from tomorrow, people are expected to remain indoors from 8am to 8pm.

Aside the schools already closed down, civil servants on Grade level 01 to 12 were told stay at home until further notice.

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Traditional, market and religious leaders have been enjoined to ensure the shutdown of all Almajiri schools in their domains, while residents were urged to practise social distancing and hand washing with soap.

“All forms of street hawking and begging are by this directive banned. I strongly advise the general public to be vigilant, adhere strictly to personal hygiene, social distancing and seek medical attention in the event of symptoms.

“We also call on individuals with travel history from countries and states with cases of Coronavirus to self-isolate and report to the nearest health facility in the state,” Bello asserted.

In Borno State, Governor Babagana Zulum has inaugurated a high-powered response committee to prevent spread of COVID-19 across the state.

Zulum also ordered the closure of schools within a week.

While inaugurating the committee yesterday at Musa Usman Secretariat Complex, Maiduguri, he said: “The committee members are to immediately swing into action, by tightening the over one dozen Internally Displaced Persons
(IDPs) camps.

“They are also to work with principals of schools and colleges to close them within a week.”

The governor charged them to ensure that concrete measures were are deployed to tighten access to IDP camps of Maiduguri, Dikwa, Monguno, Damboa, Pulka, Gwoza and Gambouru, the three border communities with Cameroon.

Meanwhile, the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Kaduna State office, has suspended graduation for 2019 until further notice.

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