The Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule, has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Karu Local Government Area of the state for the next 14 days as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The curfew, according to the governor, will take effect from 6:00pm of Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 till 15th April.
The government made this known during a press briefing by the state governor saying it became necessary to take further measures to continue to contain and control the global pandemic which has consequences on human lives and economic development.
Although Nasarawa state has not recorder any case so far, the government said this was important considering the flow of people from the federal capital territory which the state shares boundary with.
“As you are aware, report from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health, indicates that the spread of the Coronavirus disease is raising on an alarming proportion.
“Although, Nasarawa State has not recorded any incidence, it behoves on us to take more stringent measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the State.
“This is particularly necessary, considering the influx of people from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja which has been locked down as part of measures to control the spread of the pandemic.
“It is for this reason and in line with the provision of the Nasarawa State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations, 2020, as well as the advice of the Nasarawa State High Powered Committee on COVID-19, the following measures come into immediate effect:
“Enforcement of a 24 hour curfew in Karu Local Government Area with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 for 14 days in the first instance;
“Entry into Nasarawa State is hereby restricted to between 6:00pm to 6:00am and all persons coming into the State shall continue to be screened at the designated check-points/mobile clinics;
“Movement in Lafia, the State capital and other Urban centres are hereby restricted from 8:00pm to 6:00am with effect from Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.
“All markets are to remain closed except sellers of food items and medicaments outside the markets except in Karu Local Government Area where there is a 24 hour curfew.
“All civil servants from GL. 01 – 12 are to remain at home except those on essential services until further notice;
“All security personnel are hereby directed to ensure the enforcement of these directives.”
The government also noted that palliative Committee has been constituted to ensure that the citizens of the State are provided with necessary succour during this trying moments.
The state governement reiterated its commitment to continue to monitor closely, the implementation of the additional measures taken to contain the spread of the virus.
The government therefore called on all residents of Nasarawa State to continue to abide by the instructions on the restriction of movements, social distancing to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in the State.