COVID-19: Niger Civil Servants, markets resume, Monday

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Officials at a COVID-19 briefing in Jos: descriptive photo

From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Niger State Government has relaxed the curfew earlier imposed on the State from 2pm to 10pm to guard against Coronavirus disease.

Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Matene on Sunday said the curfew lift effective Sunday, 5th April, 2020 is enable people to acquire and store food and other households supplies.

Consequently, Civil Servants on Grade Level 1-12 earlier directed to stay at home as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 are to resume work on Monday 6th April, 2020 from 8am to 2pm, the SSG told newsmen.

Markets according to Mr. Matane are also to open from 8am to 2pm, but maintain social distancing.

Vehicular movement into and out of the State however remains banned, he said.

Local Government Areas that share boundaries with neighboring States, Matane said should keep surveillance at entry points.

He lamented over insinuation going round the State that Government has banned call to prayer saying is totally not true but handwork of mischief makers to smear the good intentions of the present administration.

The SSG Call on the people of the State to shun rumour mongering especially given wrong information.

Niger State is however yet to record any case of COVID-19, said the SSG.

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