The Kaduna State Government has announced extraordinary preventive measures against Coronavirus in the state.
According to the State Government, from Tuesday, March 24, only sellers of food and medicines can open their shops in markets across the state.
The authorities have also directed that civil servants from Level 12 and below are to stay at home for the next 30 days, except for those on essential service.
The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said that security agencies will enforce restrictions on large gatherings, especially in churches and mosques and as well as the closure of schools, whether public or private, religious or secular, Islamiya or run by Christian missions.
To this end, the Governor said that the state has contacted the relevant federal authorities to stop the Abuja-Kaduna train service in order to limit the danger from contact on the train and the influx of people who might have been exposed to infected persons.
He said that the government will not hesitate to impose a statewide curfew, should that become the only way to enforce compliance and make everyone understand the collective danger faced by people.
El-Rufai further said that it is better to impose restrictions and save lives, than to be complacent and bury victims as countries that have hesitated to impose extraordinary measures to contain Coronavirus are now regretting.
The Governor noted that the Kaduna State Government is closely observing the implementation of these measures and will not hesitate to impose a lockdown of the entire state if events dictate.
Governor El-Rufai called on the people to have faith in God as well as do their duty to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
(Editor: Terverr Tyav)