In its efforts to stem and contain the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic in Kaduna State, the government has extended the quarantine orders in the state for another 30 days, take effect from today 26th April 2020. The decision follows a recommendation to that effect by the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
As the Covid-19 cases rising rapidly in neighbouring states and the FCT, and with strong evidence of interstate travel being a major means of spreading the virus, the Standing Committee’s evaluation is that measures to protect Kaduna State residents require further strengthening.
Meanwhile Malam Nasir El-Rufai has endorsed the evaluation. Quarantine Orders have been reviewed to strengthen the provisions against unauthorised movements. Henceforth, only Wednesdays will be lockdown-free, until the trajectory of Covid-19 infections becomes clearer.
“All persons that venture out of their homes for whatever reason must wear face-masks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and in authorised vehicles. Government is making efforts to provide facemasks for poor and vulnerable residents. And it appeals to everyone that can afford it to get their tailors to make them cloth face-masks which they can wash after every use. The government also encourages tailors to produce face-masks for sale to those that are neither poor nor vulnerable”.
“Wearing of facemasks will be robustly enforced as a critical public health measure to reduce person to person transmission”.
“As stated in the Quarantine Orders of 26th March 2020, schools, places of worship, event centres, sports grounds, bars, restaurants, markets, shops, public parks and all other places where large crowds could gather are to remain closed until further notice”.
The only category of persons exempted are workers in essential services such as health workers, the fire service, water corporation, electricity distribution and security personnel. Tankers conveying fuel to petrol stations are also permitted to move.
Businesses in the food and pharmaceutical
value-chain are exempted; and shall enjoy the protections accorded to other essential services.
The Kaduna State Government has clearly stated that no visitor is welcome to enter the state while the Covid-19 pandemic is raging. Entry into or passage through Kaduna State is prohibited whilst the Quarantine Orders remain in force.
Persons seeking to come into the state will be denied entry. Such persons will be given the option of returning to their take-off points or entering isolation for 14 days in locations and conditions that are so austere that nobody can mistake them for holiday resorts.
The vehicles being used to enable such attempts to breach the quarantine conditions will be confiscated and forfeited to the government upon conviction. The companies operating those vehicles will also be prosecuted and shall lose their license to operate in the state.
Mobile courts have been empowered by the Quarantine Orders to try violators and impose the prescribed penalties, including fines, imprisonment and forfeiture of vehicles, upon conviction.
Nigeria @ 60: Kogi Speaker Charges Nigerians To Be Patriotic On Nation Building
The Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has congratulated Nigerians in general and Kogites in particular on the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria as a Sovereign state and tasked Nigerians to be patriotic in building a nation that will can truly called our own
In a press statement signed and released by Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi, said the Speaker commended the efforts of the founding fathers, urged those in positions of authority to endeavour to build on the solid foundation to work in unity and have love for the nation for the country to take its rightful position among the comity of nations.
He emphasized on the need for Nigerians to truly defend the unity and uphold the sanctity of the nation in line with their pledge of allegiance to the country by being patriotic in all their dealings.
He appealed to Nigerians to keep hope alive despite the numerous challenges that are confronting the nation at the moment especially in the area of security, infrastructure deficit and the current global pandemic of coronavirus, stressing that, with unity of purpose those challenges will be overcome.
Speaker Kolawole enjoined the younger generation who are the leaders of tomorrow to shun every negative tendencies and cultivate virtues of patriotism, commitment and dedication in serving the country diligently.
He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Yahaya Bello, for their purposeful leadership at improving the living standards of Nigerians despite numerous challenges facing the nation.
He noted that despite the dwindling resources occasioned by the fall of the nation major sources of revenue, coupled with outbreak of coronavirus early this year the administrations at both the national and state still have some credit in the area of Education, health, security, infrastructures like the rail, roads and many transformation in critical sectors of the nation economy.
The Speaker assured that the 7th Assembly of the Kogi State House of Assembly would continue to work in collaboration with other arms of government for the common good of the state and advised citizens to remain steadfast and courageous to overcome adversity as a People.
He called on all and sundry to continue to support the current administrations at both the national and state level as that is the only way we can encourage to be steadfast in providing good leadership.
Once again, Happy Diamond Anniversary to Nigeria.
Nigeria At 60: Gov Obaseki Salutes Edo Citizens, Nigerians
As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of our great nation Nigeria, I salute all Edo citizens and Nigerians, who have continued to work towards actualizing the vision of a truly great and prosperous country.
I also rejoice with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on this auspicious occasion.
Despite our travails and challenges as a country, we give thanks to Almighty God for preserving us as a people and ensuring that the labour of our heroes past has not been in vain.
The just concluded governorship poll in Edo State is evidence of the commitment of the government and people to the deepening of our democracy, which invariably is the instrument for the upliftment of our people and improving our collective wellbeing.
We are conscious of the daunting task of charting the course of our collective destiny, and the personal and collective sacrifices required, but remain committed to upholding the unity of our country and striving together to attain assured greatness.
We are confident that after 60 years of nationhood and having surmounted numerous obstacles and uncertainties, our faith in the future of our country remain unwavering, as we continue to forge ahead as one indivisible and prosperous nation.
Happy Independence Anniversary. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr. Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State
Nigeria At 60: Ortom Tasks Countrymen On Equity, Patriotism
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom urges Nigerians to uphold the virtues of sincerity, justice and fairness while rejecting impunity, to enable the country realize its full potential as a prosperous nation and the true giant of Africa.
The Governor also admonishes Nigerians to sustain their faith in the unity and capacity of the country to overcome the current security and economic challenges.
He says what the nation needs at this time are men and women of honour and integrity who can stand for the rule of law and promote the values as well as the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.
The Governor states that the grace of Almighty God has guided Nigeria out of challenges and threats to its corporate existence, and expresses optimism that the same God will continue to steer the ship of the country away from doom.
He states that only sustained synergy between the Federal Government and states, as well as other stakeholders can lead to victory against terrorism and other criminal acts in parts of the country.
The Governor reaffirms the commitment of the Benue State Government to addressing development challenges of the state by making the agriculture value chain a priority so as to engage young people in productive ventures.
He thanks Benue people for the support given to his administration in the last five years and pledges to reciprocate the goodwill with impressive performance as he is already doing.
Governor Ortom says his administration will sustain the tempo of providing development projects in all parts of the state.
He points out the domestication of the Pensions Law last year and the recent signing of the Health Insurance Scheme which gave rise to the establishment of the State Health Insurance Agency as some of the polices put in place by his administration to positively impact on the lives of the people.
The Governor wishes the people of Benue State and other Nigerians a peaceful Independence celebration.
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