Kogi closes state borders indefinitely, bans commercial motorcycle operations

Kogi closes state borders indefinitely, bans commercial motorcycle operations

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Wednesday, ordered the closure of all land and water entry points into Kogi State as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.

This was confirmed in a statement issued in Lokoja the state capital by the Commissioner for information in the state, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo.

According to Mr. Fanwo, passengers of commercial vehicles coming or going out of the state will henceforth go through health checks.

“Persons with any disease condition which mimics CORVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperatures, should have a medical report from a reputable hospital/medical practitioner, explaining their condition before venturing through the state,” the statement said.

“It said that taxis could carry only three passengers at a time (one in front and 2 behind) and must provide hand sanitizers for use by their passengers.

“Buses may carry only two passengers per row of seats, subject to a maximum of 10 passengers per trip for any type of bus.

“All transport companies, transport unions, and terminal operators must keep a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers, especially verified phone numbers.

“They must also provide hand-wash stands with soap in the garages and hand sanitizers in the buses.

“Passengers are required to cooperate by washing their hands with soap and water and sanitize them before boarding.

“They are to be denied boarding if they fail to comply with the hygiene procedures,” the statement said.

“It directed commercial motorcycle operators to suspend their operations with effect from Thursday, March 26, 2020.

“Relevant officials are empowered to stop and enforce compliance. Defaulters will be arrested,” Bello said in the statement.

“The government also placed an indefinite ban on all social, cultural and religious activities and pegged essential activities to a crowd of five persons.

“All public areas, pubs, bars, and restaurants are limited to five customers at a time, seated apart in line with the social distancing guidelines.

“Operators and customers are advised to utilise delivery and takeaway options more during this period.

“Under the new arrangement, all corporate premises and large businesses in the state must keep visitors registers as well as take the temperature checks of guests and visitors.

“Any guest with a high temperature above 38 degrees Celsius must be reported immediately.

“Will breach of these guidelines, the unjustified inflation of prices of any essential commodity and the making or spreading of fake news or hate speech during this period of the trial will be regarded as sabotage and punished accordingly, ” the statement said.

At the time of filling this report, Nigeria has a total of 46 confirmed cases of the virus in the country, 2 persons have been discharged with one death.

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