By Bode Olushegun
Borno State has intensified the battle against coronavirus with more stricter measures to check against the pandemic from sneaking into the state.
Though the state has yet to officially come out with any incident of the pandemic, the state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum on Sunday, following the recommendations by a high powered committee on containment of the COVID-19, approved, among others, that all passengers and vehicular movement into the state are banned with effect from Tuesday 31st March 2020, except those bringing in food items, medicines, fuel and other humanitarian goods.
Other measures taken include the barring of all civil servants from Grade Levels 1-12 from office even asthey were advised to work from home, except those on essential services such as health workers, water and borehole operators, fire service, security, etc.
In the announcement by the committee, said: “The biometric exercise for the verification of local government staff is hereby suspended for the next two weeks.
“As from Tuesday 30th March, 2020, all banks operating in Maiduguri and organizions using biometric attendance equipment must provide hand washing stations and hand sanitizers at all operation points. Furthermore, banks are to limit number of customers in banking halls to not more than 15 at a time and to activate all ATM points to be functional.”
It also imposed restriction on the number of passengers in public transport to not more than three passengers and the driver in a car and not more than two passengers and the rider in a ‘keke napep’ and buses to limit the number of passengers to 10 and a driver at most with effect from Tuesday 31st March 2020.
It said: “All shops in organized business areas to provide hand washing stations and temperature monitoring, and to promote and maintain social distancing or risk closure of their shops.”
“All citizens, especially those at risk of COVID-19 disease to provide necessary information to the health workers and to please avail themselves to the Ministry of Health staff for documentation and advice on self isolation and care,” according to the announcement, which insist that:
“All measures are interim for a period of two weeks to be reviews as necessary.”
It stated that: “Government has put in place measures that will cushion some of the hardships and hereby ask all citizens to be calm and remain law abiding in this trying moment and to intensify prayers.”