Spread of COVID-19: Matawalle inspects border closure
…As committee begins work
From Bala Abubakar, Gusau
As part of efforts to curb spread of coronavirus in Zamfara State, Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has inspected the state border with Katsina at Yankara town to assess the level of enforcement of the lockdown order by the security agents.
Governor Matawalle commended security agencies for enforcing the order, directing them to give a paper certification to any driver screened at the border to avoid unnecessary investigations by other security agencies.
The border was crowded with hundreds of trucks, but Matawalle ordered for the release of all vehicles conveying food and medical supplies to penetrate into the state.
He said the decision to shut down the state was taken along with his Katsina and Sokoto State counterparts who have equally shut down their borders.
He said the existing shut down policy would be relaxed at the expiration of the two weeks or reviewed depending on the level of improvement at the control of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Zamfara State Government Committee on COVID-19 set up by Governor Matawalle has commenced sensitization campaign in strategic places in the state on preventive measures against the spread of the disease.
The chairman of the committee, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Nasiru Ma’azu Magarya, announced this while briefing newsmen on the activities of the committee in Gusau.
He said the committee was constituted by Governor Matawalle with a view to educating people of the state on the current global issue of coronavirus.
According to him, the committee has been given five terms of reference which include sensitizing and enlightening the public on preventive measures to be used in containing the spread of the disease and seeking assistance both technical and financial from development partners.
He appealed to people of the state and residents to abide by all the government policies on preventive measures on the pandemic in order to achieve the set objectives.