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Coronavirus Pandemic: Plateau Closes Borders with Neighbouring States

By Danjuma Auta

In its continuous effort to ensure that citizens of Plateau State are protected against the spread of the coronavirus disease, the state government has announced the shutting down all entry points into the state from 6 am Thursday April 2, 2020.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong- State Chairman, Task Force on COVID-19 Response

Governor Simon Bako Lalong- State Chairman, Task Force on COVID-19 Response

Addressing journalist in his office in Jos, Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, said that the closure of the state borders has become necessary so as to guard against the spread of the disease into the state.

He reiterated that though the state has not recorded any case so far adding that all the samples sent to the National Center for Disease Control, NCDC came out negative.

Said he: “Let me begin by reaffirming that so far, there is no recorded case of the disease in Plateau State. Even though some suspected samples have been taken for examination, none has turned out positive.”

On the level of compliance with the measures so far taken by government, Prof. Atuh expressed satisfaction and called on citizens of the state not to relent in supporting government’s efforts in its fight against the pandemic.

He disclosed that there is an appreciable level of compliance except for some few religious leaders, commercial motor drivers and Keke riders who are yet to fully comply the directives.

“So far, there is substantial compliance and we are working to ensure total adherence by all citizens. We commend those citizens who have abided by the directives of Government.”

Prof. Atu further called on law enforcement agencies to ensure that the directives are fully enforced.

compliance operatives for questioning and have made undertakings not to repeat same, while the security operatives will continue to check the commercial drivers.

He however, warned that government will not take it lightly with anyone who flout the directives.

The SGS also said that government have since created an endowment fund to fight the pandemic and further appealed to public spirited individuals and organizations to contribute either in kind or cash.