On Wednesday, April 22nd, Governors across the 36 states of the Federation of Nigeria have universally concurred to enforce an inter-state lockdown in the nation over the next 14 days to halt the inter-state spread of the coronavirus disease.
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The State Governors under the umbrella of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) came to a consensus shortly after obtaining guidelines from the Governors of Lagos, Ogun, Bauchi and Oyo states who discussed their various encounters and learned lessons from the battle against COVID-19. The NGF chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, stated in a meeting that only crucial services would be allowed as reported by Daily Trust.
The state governors requested for the decentralization of the coronavirus disease response, noting that it is one key way of curtailing the spread of the deadly virus in the societies. Also, they tabled a major concern regarding health-workers and heartily agreed to work collaboratively with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to make sure that health workers are sufficiently provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and are regularly trained on the use of the health equipment.
The NGF chairman also informed the forum on the circumstance of the pandemic and united effort with the Federal Government, mutual and consensual associates and not excluding the private sectors. The forum observed sixty seconds of silence in honours of people who had lost their lives from the dangerous virus, not excluding the fantastic health workers who died in the course of service.