The Periscope Reporter
overnor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has declared another 14 days lockdown of the State with effect from midnight Friday, April 24th 2020 .
In a press release Friday, signed by the D.G Media and Communication to the Governor Mr Solomon Kumangar, governor Fintiri lamented that “painful as the decision is, it is the aftermath of the First COVID-19 index case recorded in the State through a returnee from Kano.
“The Adamawa State Government is therefore left with no option than to go for lockdown in the overall interest of saving lives and to contain the spread.
“Government has successfully commenced contacts tracing and testing which will be followed by isolation and treatment of positive cases.”
“Fintiri has solicited for the cooperation and understanding of the people, insisting that despite the hardship associated that would follow the lockdown, the government was left with no alternative, “in view of the fact that COVID-19, is spreading like a wild fire in the dry season, throughout the country.
“Movement and gatherings in whatever form are prohibited throughout the period, except for those on verifiable essential duty such as Security, Media, Health and Water Board Personnel.
“Financial Institutions like Banks, will operate skeletal services. Others in this category include pharmaceuticals, and those selling food items only.
“Government will not allow the irresponsibility of a few to lead to the death of many.”
Fintiri appealed to the citizens to embrace the rudiments of basic hygiene like regular hand washing with soap, and clean water or hand sanitizers where obtainable.
The citizens are also advised to observe social distancing and use of face masks.
“In furtherance of the Executive Order backing this lockdown, a mobile court will be set-up to try and prosecute offenders.
“We must all act together and willingly give up our personal freedom in exchange for our collective survival from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pains we must all endure are only the unintended consequences of Government’s commitment to save the lives of every citizen,” Fintiri said.