COVID-19: Niger govt to punish violators of sit-at-home order

.Recalls workers under level 12

By Valentine Amanze
Niger State government has warned that violators of the state’s restriction of movement and other prohibition order would be liable to a fine or imprisonment or both in accordance with the extant laws.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman, State Action Committe on COVID-19, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed this in Minna, the state capital.
He said that the new measure became necessary following the gross disrespect for the appeals and directives on social distancing and social gatherings by the people as the only precautionary measures against the spread of Coronavirus.
His words: “It
became imperative to go beyond appeals and directives to contain the spread of the highly infectious disease to avoid an impending health and economic calamity of unimaginable proportion in the state.”

Matane also explained that the Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, decided to invoke the Niger State COVID-19 Order 2020, conferred on him by all the relevant portions of the law and the Constitution for the collective good, safety, security and public health of the people.
According to the SSG, the state government has relaxed the restriction of movement imposed in the state from 2:00pm to 10.00pm beginning from Sunday, April 5, 2020.

He said that markets were now to open from 8:00am to 2:00pm to enable people buy food stuff and other essentials while the intra and inter-state movement of people and vehicles remain banned.
He further disclosed that the State Civil Servants on Grade Level 1 - 12 earlier directed to stay at home as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease, were now to resume work on Monday, April 6, 2020, from 8.00am to 2.00pm.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered all local government areas sharing border with neighbouring states to ensure effective monitoring of people and vehicles coming into the local government as all entry points to the state remain closed except those on essential services.

While debunking insinuations that the state government has banned “Call to Prayers,” the secretary to the state government advised the people to shun rumour mongering, adding that the state was yet to record any case of COVID-19.

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