Beyond the stay-at-home orders already in place in various states of the federation, the rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the spread of the virus from the affected states to others have spurred state government consider harder measures.
The governors of the 36 states of the federation on Wednesday agreed to enforce an inter-state lock-down in the country over the next two weeks to halt state to state spread.
The governors reached the agreement after getting a briefings and advice from the governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID-19 during a Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF’s) meeting on Wednesday.
Chairman of NGF and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi signed a communique at the end of the sixth COVID-19 teleconference meeting where he said only essential services would be permitted.
The governors expressed concern over the rising spread of the virus among health workers, urging th 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.