Coronavirus: Benue govt orders stay at home for workers, postpones LG election

Benue State Government on Tuesday ordered stay at home for its workers on grade level 1-12 for the next two weeks.

In the same vein, the state government has asked the State Independent Electoral Commission to postpone the local government election scheduled for this Saturday by at least two weeks.

In a communique issued after the State Executive Council emergency meeting and read by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Tony Ijohor, SAN, said that the state government has also decided to create more isolation centers in the three senatorial districts of the state to cater for any emergency that may arise from coronavirus.

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The state exco which was presided over by its chairman, Governor Samuel Ortom also resolved to carry out an awareness campaign to all motor parks and other public places on the need to restrict social distance.

According to Benue SSG, “As from tommorow, (Wednesday), there will be restrictions of people coming to the people’s house (Government House) for the next two weeks.

“The council also deliberated and decided that workers from level one to 12 will henceforth stay at home to work for two weeks except those on essential services.

“Considering the situation at the moment, the state exco asks the State Independent Elector’al Commission to postpone the Saturday local government election by two weeks at the first instance.

‘Two isolation centers will be created in Zone A and B to add to the two centers already existing in Zone B.

The Secretary to the State Government further said that the state government had scaled up the COVID-19 committee and to be headed by the deputy governor, Benson Abounu, adding that N50 million had been released to the committee which he said was subject to review as situation demands.


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