Niger State governor, Sani Bello, on Monday, imposed an 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. curfew in the entire parts of the state from Wednesday March 25 while banning outright all forms of street begging and hawking in the state.
In a statewide broadcast on Monday, the governor also directed all civil servants on Level 1-12 to stay at home except those on essential services.
The governor also enjoined traditional rulers to ensure that all Almajiri Schools in their communities are closed down immediately until further notice.
He advised all public offices including ministries, departments and agencies to provide hand washing items at the entrance of their facilities and public to be vigilant and adhere strictly to personal hygiene social distancing and seek medical attention in the event of symptoms.
The governor disclosed that as a proactive measure, government has strengthen the surveillance system to detect any case of corona virus disease (Covid-19), including investigation and monitoring of any outbreak.
Governor Bello said government is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on how to prevent infection and mitigate, in case of an outbreak in the state.
While asking people to adhere strictly to public health guidelines, the Governor called on individuals with travel history from countries and states with cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to ensure self-isolation and report to the nearest health facility in the state.