Yobe State will shut down all interstate boundaries and borders with some countries from midnight of Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 to guard against importation of the dreaded coronavirus.
According to a statement on Sunday by the spokesman of the governor (Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni), Mallam Mamman Mohammed, “Yobe state Governor, His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has directed closure of the state borders from midnight of Tuesday 31st March, 2020 to guard against importation of the dreaded Corona Virus into the state.”
Mohammed said “this became necessary following the spike in spread of the virus in the country.”
He said the “governor expressed gratitude to Allah (SWT) for sparing the state and its people since the outbreak of the Corona virus pandemic and the zero status of the state.
“The Governor said in spite of the state’s zero status, government had taken adequate measures by establishing isolation centres with equipment and constituting a committee on Corona Virus under the chairmanship of the state Deputy Governor, Hon. Idi Barde Gubana.”
The statement further said a Rapid Response Team was also established to closely monitor any suspicious case as the state remain grateful that no single case has been recorded upto now.
The governor urged the people to adhere to medical advises, avoid over crowded gatherings and wash their hands from time to time, while appealing to the people to cooperate with government and all the relevant agencies for a collective approach to the fight against the pandemic.
The governor also called on traders not to hoard essential commodities to hike up prices and create additional hardships on the people.
He however asked the people to be calm and steadfast in prayers to seek divine intervention to save the state, Nigeria and humanity.