The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on Wednesday “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of an inter-State lockdown in the country over the course of the next two weeks to clamp down on the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic from State to State.
The governors of the 36 states, arrived at the agreement after receiving briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against the Chinese virus.
According to Kayode Fayemi, who is the Ekiti State Governor and the chairman of the NGF, only essential services would be allowed to operate.
State governors called for the decentralization of the COVID-19 response as the best chance of nipping the spread of the virus in communities, and instead setting up regional and State response teams, especially as over 25 States have now been affected by the spread of the virus and increasing evidence of community transmission.
At the moment, only two states and the FCT have been locked down by the Federal Government, but with the virus rapidly, many states are now considering imposing total lockdown too.
The NGF also observed a minute silence in honor of those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19. Amongst whom are health workers and the late chief of staff to the president, Malam Abba Kyari.
The forum also congratulated the governor of Kaduna State who has recovered from the disease, more than 3 weeks after testing positive to the virus.