North-Central Governor’s Forum said it has established an isolation center designed to quarantine Almajiri (kid beggars) from northern parts of the country before being repatriated to their respective states of origin.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, who is the chairman of North-Central Governor’s Forum, disclosed this while giving an update on efforts made by his administration to stem the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The governor, who also announced an extension of the lockdown for further two weeks, explained that the special isolation center, when completed, will accommodate returnee Almajirai of the state origin from other states of the federation.
Those of them from Niger State, he said, will be reunited with their respective families across the 25 local government areas of the state under the exchange programmr for the Almajirai as agreed by the Northern Nigeria Governors’ Forum without any perceived hindrances.
Governor Bello further explained that, “The isolation centre is well equipped with the necessary facilities to meet their needs, just as arrangements have been concluded to ensure that they have three square meals per day while the COVID 19 period lasted”.
Meanwhile, Niger State government has banned all commercial motorcycle operations across the state while also reminding others that night journeys and inter-states movements from between 6:00 pm to 6:00 am for the next two weeks, except for those on exemption list still stands.
Governor Bello said, “We are faced with the challenge of people breaching the lock down and other measures to check Covid-19, such as the commercial motorcycles, as well regulations for the operations of Keke-Napep operators, and other transportation agencies”.
While appealing to all well-meaning Niger residents to expose persons with suspected case of Covid-19 in their neighbourhood to prevent the disease from wrecking havoc, Sani Bello encouraged them to always adhere strictly to the simple safety rules aimed at checking the pandemic.
In a related development, Niger State Police Command has warned commercial motorcyclists against disobedience to the order banning their operations for the next two weeks as it is part of measures to check the spread of Coronavirus to parts of the state.