Governors of the 36 States of Nigeria on Wednesday “unanimously” agreed to the implementation of a 14 days nationwide lockdown in the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The governors reach 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 COVID-19.
Coronavirus has spread to 25 states in Nigeria and the FCT. As at 11:25 pm, 21st April, there are 782 confirmed cases of the virus reported in Nigeria with 25 fatalities.
The press statement released by the Forum which consists of the 36 states governors stated; “Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus from state to state. Only essential services will be permitted.”
The statement also noted: “in order to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states, governors resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level, headed by their state Commissioners of Health.
“Regional committees will continue to interface with the State Task Force Committees on COVID-19 already established in each state.”
The forum also held a minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians who have lost their lives from coronavirus, especially health workers who were in the front lines of the pandemic.
Nigeria currently has a total of 782 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 197 discharged patients and 25 deaths.