Officials in Plateau State have appealed for public understanding and cooperation during the statewide quarantine and fumigation that will last a week.
“These are difficult and unusual times for not only Plateau State, but also the world at large,” said the State Governor, Simon Lalong on Friday.
The fumigation which started on “Good Friday” should not have held, said Gov. Lalong, “but the times warrant this and we continue to appeal for the patience and understanding of our citizens,” he said.
Government, Lalong said will soon roll out palliative measures to assist the “weak and vulnerable” in the State.
This is the second time the Governor is mentioning palliatives for citizens.
Last two weeks, the Governor told State lawmakers in Jos that the State’s “COVID-19 Eradication Fund” was to care for the “vulnerable”
and ease “social challenges” caused by the virus.
In his remarks on Friday during the launch of the state fumigation however, the Governor did not state the source of funds for the palliatives.
He however said the State would soon get a COVID-19 testing center.
In his words, “Since the outbreak of the disease, our Government has taken several steps aimed at ensuring that the disease does not come into the State.
“We have also been preparing in the unfortunate event if any case is recorded in Plateau State so that we can respond appropriately.
“Although no case has been recorded yet in Plateau State as at today, we cannot relax. We have to remain vigilant and proactive.”