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Month: April 2020

PRESS BRIEFING BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ENGR. ABDULLAHI A. SULE, GOVERNOR OF NASARAWA STATE ON THE MEASURES TAKEN BY THE NASARAWA STATE GOVERNMENT ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) IN THE COUNTRY

My dear people of Nasarawa State.

2. It would be recalled that I addressed you last week on the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria. During my address, I made a commitment to update you as the event unfolds in our collective determination to safeguard the lives of our people.

3. In furtherance to this pledge, it has become necessary to take further measures to continue to contain and control the pandemic which has since become global pandemic with attendant consequences on human lives and economic development.

4. As you are aware, report from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health, indicates that the spread of the Coronavirus disease is raising on an alarming proportion. Although, Nasarawa State has not recorded any incidence, it behoves on us to take more stringent measures in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the State.

5. This is particularly necessary, considering the influx of people from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja which has been locked down as part of measures to control the spread of the pandemic. It is for this reason and in line with the provision of the Nasarawa State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations, 2020, as well as the advice of the Nasarawa State High Powered Committee on COVID-19, the following measures come into immediate effect:
• Enforcement of a 24 hour curfew in Karu Local Government Area with effect from 6:00pm of Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 for 14 days in the first instance;

• Entry into Nasarawa State is hereby restricted to between 6:00pm to 6:00am and all persons coming into the State shall continue to be screened at the designated check-points/mobile clinics;

• Movement in Lafia, the State capital and other Urban centres are hereby restricted from 8:00pm to 6:00am with effect from Thursday, 2nd April, 2020.

• All markets are to remain closed except sellers of food items and medicaments outside the markets except in Karu Local Government Area where there is a 24 hour curfew;

• People of Nasarawa State are urged to continue to maintain the social distancing directive of the Federal Government of Nigeria and other measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic;

• All civil servants from GL. 01 – 12 are to remain at home except those on essential services until further notice;

• All security personnel are hereby directed to ensure the enforcement of these directives.

• A palliative Committee has been constituted to ensure that the citizens of the State are provided with necessary succour during this trying moments.

6. Let me reiterate our commitment to continue to monitor closely, the implementation of the additional measures taken to contain the spread of the virus.

7. Finally, I call on all residents of Nasarawa State to continue to abide by the instructions on the restriction of movements, social distancing and gathering in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in our dear State.

8. Thank you and may God continue to bless and protect us all.

 

CORONAVIRUS: HEALTH TEAMS AND CONTACTS AT ENTRY POINTS TO NASARAWA STATE

At all the 8 entry points of Nasarawa State, there is Health Team and Heads of Mobile Clinics established to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

All chairmen and Government functionaries in those area assist are expected to support in monitoring the activities of both the mobilsed Medics and the Security Agencies.

The team are expected to check temperature of everyone coming into the state and ensure social distancing is complied with by not overloading public transport vehicles.

Note:
The Governor has by the Proclamation of Yesterday restricted travels through Nasarawa State to 6:00am to 8:00pm.

Entrances will be sealed at 8:00pm from today.

Nta ya-Mararaba,
Gitata- Tattara,
Gwantu-Andaha,
Sisimbaki-Wamba,
Shendam-Sabon Gida,
Kadarko-Makurdi,
Loko-Agatu,
Abaji- Toto.

No one will be allowed entry from 8:00pm Night to 6:00am morning

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SPECIALIST HOSPITAL LAFIA TO RECEIVE COVID-19 EQUIPMENT

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dalhatu Araf Specialists Hospital, Lafia, Dr Hassan Ikrama says the hospital will soon receive medical equipment to boost the state’s preparedness in controlling the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Ikrama, who spoke with News men Friday in Lafi, said the hospital had made presentation on the equipment the hospital needed to boost facilities in the isolation centre.

“The government has already placed order for the equipment and they are already on the way. lt will arrive the state any moment, as soon as the equipment arrive, the hospital will take delivery and make them known,” he said.
He however noted that staff were screened before getting access to the facilities which is part of the measures to control the spread of the virus.

He strongly emphasised that non-essential staff are directed to stay at home following Nasarawa state government directives, adding that the management had provided protective kits to essential staff who are still coming to work.

The CMD urged the general public in the state to continue staying at home, wash hands with soap and running water frequently, avoid crowded places, maintain social distance and follow the instructions from various government agencies.

You would recall that governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State had on Thursday while updating newsmen on government measures to control the spread of the virus, said it would soon take delivery of medical equipment.

 

ENGINEER SULE HAILS BURATAI FOR UPGRADING SPECIAL FORCES CORPS TO A COMMAND

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has commended the Nigerian Army, under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt- General Yusufu Buratai, for upgrading the Special Forces Corps, located in Doma, to a command.

Engineer Sule showed his appreciation while hosting the outgoing Commander of the Special Forces Corps, Maj. Gen. G. Oyefesobi, at the Government House, on Friday.

The Governor specifically thanked the COAS for constantly keeping Nasarawa State close at heart, monitoring developments in the state.

Engineer Sule equally commended the series of victories recently recorded by the joint special forces taking the fight to the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

The Governor expressed satisfaction that at the time an outstanding officer in the person of Maj. Gen Oyefesobi was leaving , another veteran who is familiar with the North East and the offshoot of the Boko Haram, is also coming to the state.

Though noting that presently the state is going through a trying moment in terms of security, especially around the Toto area, Engineer Sule pointed out however that Nasarawa State is not volatile but one of the most peaceful states in the North Central.

On the security challenge in Toto, the Governor said: “I have been speaking with the military hierarchy concerning the situation in Toto and if there is any better time for your presence to strengthen Nasarawa State, this is the time.”

Welcoming the new Commander of the Special Forces Command Doma, Maj. Gen M. G Ali, the Governor was optimistic that the new commander will build on the good work of his predecessor.

“Honestly speaking we want to thank you, we really want to show appreciation and we want to welcome you Maj. Gen Ali for coming home with your team. And we strongly believe that just like Maj. Gen Oyefesobi is leaving with pride, you will also leave with pride,” he stated.

Earlier, Maj. Gen Oyefosobi, in his farewell speech, recounted that the Special Forces Corps was established by the Nigerian Army in December last year, as a fallout of the COAS reaction to the security situation not only in the country but in Nasarawa State in particular.

Oyefosobi described the Special Forces as a versatile special unit that is meant for only special operations, especially with Nasarawa State not having any military presence apart from Keffi, for which the COAS deemed it fit to establish the headquarters of Corps in Nasarawa State, to take care of the security situation.

He disclosed that last month, the COAS, decided to upgrade the corps to a command status, with the command now more of an operational status, not administrative.

Maj. Gen Oyefosobi introduced the new Commander, Maj. Gen M. G Ali, as resourceful and a veteran of the North East.

According to the outgoing Commander, Maj. Gen Ali commanded the Special Forces in the North East a while ago.

 

NASARAWA STATE GOVERNMENT TAKES STRINGENT MEASURES TO CONTAIN CORONAVIRUS

1. All Social gathering including weddings, naming ceremonies are advised to be suspended, if not, attendance should be restricted to members of the immediate family of not more than 20 people. The security personnel are hereby directed to monitor the activities of the residents to ensure strict adherence.

2. Motor parks in the state are advised to be collapsed to only one in each Local Government Area, including Lafia, the state capital. In this regard, manifest must be maintained in all the parks.

3. Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are directed to provide hand sanitizers and face masks in their respective offices.

4. Appropriate retired Nurses who are still strong are to be recruited to run the facilities for the centre of COVID-19 Virus and provided necessary training and kits.

5. To visit isolations centres in the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, Medical Centre Mararaban-Gurku, Doma, Akwanga and Awe to inspect facilities and readiness.

6. Construction of strategic reserve to ensure food security as a matter of urgency. Food stuff to be procured and stored for distribution to the people when the need arises (Maize, Beans, Rice, Millet, etc).

7. Rehabilitation of ten (10) moribund boreholes in each local government area in the interim to ensure supply of clean water.

8. Anybody seen on the street begging should be arrested by the security agents.

9. Worship centres such as Mosques and Churches are advised to remain closed until further notice.

10. Government to cut down cost of governance by 60% with effect from April, 2020.

11. Markets are to be closed except those selling food items and Pharmaceutical shops to cater for the aged and the ill ones.

12. Task Force Committees are to be established at the Local Government levels to be supervised by the Local Government Chairmen which is expected to replicate what the State Committee is doing. This will also extend to the Ward levels.

The Taskforce would be chaired by Deputy Governor, a renowned medical Doctor, Dr Emmanuel Agwado Akabe while that of Local Government will be supervised by Council Chairmen.