Taraba governor returns to a rousing welcome, bans handshake over Coronavirus


Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, on Thursday returned to a rousing welcome in Jalingo the state capital after undergoing medical treatment following injuries he sustained from a domestic accident.

Ishaku’s plane touched down at the Danbaba Suntai Airport, Jalingo, about 4pm.

The Governor, while addressing journalists at the Airport, announced a ban on handshakes in the State as a part of measures to check the spread of Coronavirus in the State.

He enjoined the people of the State to promote personal hygiene and practice hand washing using soap and sanitizers to check the spread of the dreaded virus.

“For now, people should avoid handshakes and imbibe the culture of personal hygiene as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

“We don’t have test kits available here and we must prioritise personal hygiene to avoid the virus.

“People should avoid travelling to places where cases of the virus has been confirmed. Business transactions and conversations with people in such places can be done online,” he said.

Ishaku told journalists during the interview that he was involved in a domestic accident and that he underwent a surgery during his long stay away from the State.

According to him, he had yet to fully recover from the accident, adding that he was following his doctors’ advise while he recuperated.

He thanked the people of the State for keeping faith with him while he was away, noting that “contrary to media reports in some quarters, governance in Taraba did not suffer while I was away.

“Road projects are going on and the act of governance generally is going on smoothly.

“The dualization of the welcome to Jalingo road from the NYSC is ongoing. The Kurmi road project is progressing steadily and governance is at it top gear in the State. We will not relent in our efforts to rescue the State,” he said.

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