Governors of Kaduna and Rivers States have both declared partial lockdown in their respective states.

Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai declared the lockdown in a state broadcast at about the same time Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike announced the lockdown in a state broadcast.

According to El Rufai, civil servants from level 1 to 12 are to comply with the stay-at-home order for the next 30 days, effective from March 24.

According to him, the market would have a partial lockdown as only traders selling food and medicines are permitted to open their shops. Essential service providers in the health, security and emergency sector are also excluded from the lockdown.

He, however, noted that the government would not refrain from enforcing a total lockdown if the need arises.

El-Rufai thanked religious leaders, who had complied with the government’s directive against large gatherings and lamented that some had gone ahead to host large crowd in churches, mosques, weddings and other social activities.

The governor announced that security agencies had been directed to ensure compliance with the new directive.


Meanwhile, Cross River state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade Monday night declared that all entry points into the state by Land, Sea and air are hereby locked down stressing that access will only be by thorough screening regime. He also declared that LG elections scheduled for Saturday, March,28 remain suspended indefinitely.

He made the declaration in a press release signed by his Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, Mr Christian Ita and made available to Vanguard late night Monday.
Sir Ben Ayade, has issued the following directives:
1. All the entry points into Cross River State (land, air and water) are hereby locked down. Access will be based on passing a thorough screening regime.
2. The Local Government Council elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 28, 2020, is suspended indefinitely. READ ALSO: COVID-9: Economic challenges won’t hinder project completion, salary payment — Fayemi
3. All educational institutions in the state, both public and private must shut down by tomorrow, Tuesday , March 24, 2020 until further notice.
4. Civil servants, except those on essential services (medical personnel and revenue officers), should with immediate effect, stay away from work for an initial period of 2 weeks
5. All social,cultural and religious activities are hereby suspended and essential activities must not have a crowd beyond 5 persons
6. Every tricycle (keke) and taxi can carry only one passenger at a time and must have hand sanitizers for use by their passengers
7. Buses are henceforth permitted to have only two passengers on a seat with the drivers mandated to sanitize their vehicles after every trip
8. All public areas, pubs, bars and restaurants are limited to five customers at a time.
9. All transport companies must keep a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers. They must also provide hand washstands and hand sanitizers in their buses. Passengers are consequently encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water and sanitize them before boarding.
10. All Corporate and business organizations in the state must keep visitors registers as well as take the temperature checks of guests and visitors using a non-contact infra-red thermometer. Any guest with high temperature above 38 degrees Celsius must be reported immediately to the COVID-19 emergency center.
11. The Commissioner for Health should immediately set up COVID-19 adhoc monitoring unit to enforce compliance to all preventive measures as highlighted.
The governor urges absolute compliance from our people with the above guidelines for our common safety, even as government ramps up efforts to ensure the state remains safe and COVID-19 free.
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