COVID-19: Gov. Bello orders evacuation, quarantine of Almajiris across 25 Local Government Areas

Kazeem Adebayo

Plans are underway to evacuate all the Almajiris across Suleja Local Government Council in Niger State, as part of ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

The Chairman, Suleja Local Government Council, Abdullahi Maje, disclosed this during an expanded with expanded stakeholders.

“Hon. Abdullahi S. Maje presides over an expanded stakeholders meeting at the council secretariat this afternoon.

“The Executive Chairman of Suleja Local Government Council, Rt. Hon. Abdullahi S. Maje presided over an expanded security meeting with relevant stakeholders from religious bodies, Traditional institutions, Road Unions, and other leaders in attendance.

“The meeting was necessitated following new directives that were made available to the 25 Local Government Council Chairmen in the State.

“The Local Government Councils are mandated by the new directives to ensure the evacuation of Almajiris to quarantine center for onwards action, and the full implementation of safety measures, vis-a-vis the use of face mask, social distancing and the regular washing of the hands.

“Additional to these directives, the council chairman has totally banned the activities of motorcycle riders (Okada) in Suleja Local Government Area for the next two weeks in order to check the influx of migrating motorcycle riders from Kano and Lagos states.

“The total ban on the activities of the motorcycle riders (okada) in Suleja Local Government Area takes effect from tomorrow Friday, 8th May, 2020.

“Keke Napep operators will be allowed to operate during the windows that are made available for the refills of household items to cushion the effect of motorcycle ban.

“But they are also to carry just two passengers with each fully equipped with face mask. Violators of these directives will be made to face the wrath of the law.

“During the meeting, Hon. Abdullahi S. Maje has also urged religious, traditional and union leaders to carry these messages to the people, and further ensure that visitors are not welcomed in their various domain.

“He urged them to report any new face they see in their areas to the relevant authorities to ensure safety of the people amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Meanwhile, the Local Government alongside the Emirate Council are working out modalities to evacuate all the Almajiris in Suleja Local Government Area to quarantine centers as directed by the state government.

“The general public are therefore, advised to abide all the safety measures made available to them. The use of face mask is compulsory! Persons without face mask will not be allowed access to Bank, Market, clinic/hospital and other public places,” the statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman Suleja Local Government, Abdulrahim Idris read.