From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Chairman of the Squadron Team on CoronaVirus in Kogi State, Chief Edward Onoja, Deputy Governor of the State, has ordered for the immediate closure of a ceramics firm in Ajaokuta.
In a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo said the action was to monitor the health status of the Chinese, other nationals and Nigerians working in the firm.
“It is pertinent to note that there is no confirmed case of Coronavirus yet in the State but the Chinese and other Nationals in the Company have been placed on compulsory isolation to checkmate the outbreak of the disease” he added.
He thanked the people of the State for their cooperation in Government’s efforts at contailing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the State.
“We wish to assure the people that government’s commitment to fight against the disease led to the setting up of the high-level Committee headed by the Deputy Governor to coordinate the State Government’s efforts on Coronavirus.”
The Chairman pointed out that the Governor has also made logistics available for the set-up of a functional Containment/Isolation Centre and for aggressive Sensitization on the health protocols that will stop the virus from spreading in the State.
The Squadron Team according to the statement has already commenced full implementation of the directives earlier given to ensure the wellbeing of our people across the 21 Local Government Areas in the State.
He stressed that the closure of all land and sea borders in the State is in full force and Commercial motorcyclists have also been told to stay off the road and stay at home until further notice adding, “Anyone found wanting in this regards shall be made to face the full wrath of the law”.
“We urge our people not to panic, but maintain simple respiratory hygiene and stay at home. Market places, schools and some Government Offices remain closed while Social and religious gatherings also remain suspended till further notice.” the statement added.