Governors of the 36 states in Nigeria have agreed to extend the inter-state lockdown by two more weeks in order to curtail the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
The Governors, under its umbrella body, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) held a meeting via video conferencing to address the spread of the virus that has so far hit 25 states and the FCT. Below is a statement from the forum after the meeting;
“Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus from state to state. Only essential services will be permitted.”
“In order to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states, governors resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level, headed by their state Commissioners of Health.” the statement read in part.
POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that the forum also called for the decentralisation of the COVID-19 response as the best chance of containing spread of the virus in communities. The governors also extended condolence to president Muhammadu Buhari over the loss of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari to Coronavirus.