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Nigeria governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) reached
the agreement after receiving a briefing from the governors of Lagos, Bauchi,
Oyo and Ogun states who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight
against COVID-19. The state governors also called for the decentralization of
the COVID-19 response, saying it is the best chance of curbing community
transmission Governors of the 36 states of the federation on Wednesday, April
22, have “unanimously” agreed to impose an inter-state lockdown in the country
over the next two weeks to check the state-to-state spread of COVID-19.
called for the decentralization of the COVID-19 response, saying it is the best
chance of nipping the spread of the virus in communities. They also raised a
serious concern over the rising spread of the virus among health workers and
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.
briefed the forum on the situation of the pandemic and coordination efforts
with the federal government, multilateral and bilateral partners, and the
private sector. The forum held a minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians
who had lost their lives from coronavirus, especially health workers who were
in the front lines of the epidemic. Daily Trust reports that a communiqué
issued by the NGF chairman and governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, at the
end of the virtual meeting said only essential services would be permitted.
Updates reported that the director-general of the National Center for Disease
Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that President Muhammadu Buhari will
make some difficult decisions on COVID-19 containment next week. Ihekweazu made
the statement while on a courtesy call to the Katsina state governor, Rt. Hon.
Aminu Masari in his office at Government House Katsina.
Buhari will on Wednesday have a teleconference with the governors and there
will be some difficult decisions to be made on how to restart the economy,
especially on what to start and what not to start.”