Nigeria Governors Forum has unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate spread of the virus from state to state.
In a communique issued at the end of the 6th videoconference, the Nigeria Governors also called for the decentralisation of COVID-19 response as the best chance of nipping the spread of the virus in communities in the country.
“Following an update from the Nigeria Governors Forum Secretariat on the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, members expressed serious concern over the rising spread of the virus among health workers.
“Nigeria Governors resolved to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure that health workers are adequately provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and are constantly trained on the use of protective gears.
“In order to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states, Governors resolved to set up COVID-19 Committees at the regional level, headed by their State Commissioners of Health.
“Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate spread of the virus from State to State. Only essential services will be permitted,” he said.
Fayemi briefed the Nigeria Governors Forum on the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and coordination efforts with the Federal Government, multilateral and bilateral partners, and the private sector through the Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
“Lastly, the Nigeria Governors Forum congratulated the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai who after nearly four weeks of testing positive and observing very strict medical regime has now received two consecutive negative test results for the coronavirus,” he added