Sokoto State government on Thursday closed all entry and exit inter-state routes around the state from midnight on Friday.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State in a state broadcast on Thursday, explained that the is part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 among Nigerians. The governor said the routes will be closed for two weeks, pending observations on trends of the disease in the state and country.
The only exception to the closure is the supply of food and essential medical products.
All civil servants on grade level 12 and below have been ordered by the state government to work from their homes for a period of two weeks from Friday, March 27 to Friday, April 10, 2020.
On March 19, 2020, the state government constituted a task force, headed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Ali Iname.
The committee held a meeting chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II with traditional rulers, religious leaders, head of security agencies aimed at coming up with a strategy to curtail further spread of the disease.
Tambuwal noted that further measures to be taken by the state government would be based on expert advice from the State Ministry of Health, Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and Federal Ministry of Health.
The governor appealed to citizens to cooperate with relevant authorities and adhere to measures in the interest of the general well-being and survival of the human race.
Tambuwal also enjoined community and religious leaders to sensitise the public on the disease and report early any observed symptoms.