Plateau creates fund to ease COVID-19 constraints

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Prof. Danladi Atu, Secretary to the Government of Plateau State

The Plateau State Government has set up a “COVID-19 Eradication Fund” to care for the “vulnerable”
and ease “social challenges” caused by the virus.

The “organised private sector and well-spirited members
of the public” are expected to contribute to the fund once launched.

Secretary to the Government of Plateau State, Prof. Danladi Abok Atu on Saturday hinted about the fund in a press conference but did not give details.

Among the referred social challenges is likely to be traffic restrictions announced by the SGF, beginning from Sunday 29th March 2020.

“There will be prohibition of vehicular movement into Plateau State from all border entry routes from 6pm to 7am.

“All people coming into Plateau
State should note and take note of t his and prepare their trips to avoid unnecessary inconveniences,” Prof. said.

Township shuttles according to him will also be restricted to one passenger per tricycle and four passengers per taxi.

Prof. Atu, restated government’s readiness to enforced its earlier announced ban on markets, festivals, public gatherings more than 50 people as well as night clubs and pubs.

He said, “As of yesterday Friday 27th March 2020, there was substantial compliance and the Government commends the good and peace loving citizens of Plateau State who have adhered to the directives.

“However, the government takes exception to the nonchalance and flagrant disregard of the directives by some individuals and groups who have remained recalcitrant. They
have also mobilised their followers to disobey the orders of Government, which is meant to protect the lives of the people.

“Let me categorically make it clear that nobody is above the law and government is taking necessary action
line with the directive of Government for full implementation of compliance, the Governor has asked Security agencies to take the necessary measures on such
persons.”

The SGF stated that all restrictions are to prevent any outbreak of the disease in the State.

He confirmed that the State has yet to record any case of the virus since it was first confirmed in Nigeria in February 2020.

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