COVID-19: Gombe closes all entry points, spends N524m to fight spread
As a measure to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 infection, Gombe State Government has announced the closure of all entry points to the state just as it has earmarked the sum of N524m for the procurement of consumables needed to fight the infection.
The announcement was made by the State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya while addressing a press conference Friday afternoon saying that the State Government had so far spent the sum of N524 million for activities aimed at containing the coronavirus in the State.
The Governor explained that, on Monday, he ordered the release of the sum of N28 million while N296 million was released to the State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 for the procurement of all necessities in containing the virus as well as N200 million to Local Government authorities for the same purpose.
He further explained that due to the non-compliance with his earlier directives on the closure of all schools in the State and limiting of social gatherings, the administration took some measures which include, suspension of all interstate travels with effect from midnight on Sunday, 29th March 2020.
According to him, the border closure, public gathering, travel for both public and private and clubbing stands suspended till further notice while assuring that security personnel will supervise to ensure adherence.
Also, Civil servants from grade levels 1 – 12 have been asked to work from home for the next two weeks while only those on essential services like security men, health workers, power and water workers and the likes are allowed movement.
The Governor also promised to reach the people through some palliatives to cushion the effects of the restrictions saying, “we will reach the people through a means, we don’t want to make a pronouncement now but we will definitely reach the people with palliatives”.
While preaching social distancing and clean hygiene as one of the known preventive measures, Governor Inuwa appealed to the people of the State that fighting the coronavirus is a collective responsibility.
He then called on traditional, religious and community leaders to support Government by ensuring that people comply with the latest directives after which he went into a closed session with the head of security operatives in the State.
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