By Emma Okereh
Governments of Anambra and Delta states on Sunday announced the closure of the River Niger bridge heads.
The closure followed the spirited efforts of states and federal governments at containing the coronavirus ravaging the globe as well as Nigeria.
In a public announcement signed by the Secretary to the State Government of Anambra state, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu yesterday and made available to newsmen, it advised motorists not to travel through the Niger Bridge Head, Onitsha to avoid putting pressure on the bridge as motorists will not be able to drive into Delta state as a result of the border closure order in place.
The statement reads in part: ‘’This is to notify Ndi Anambra and motorists in the state, and those wishing to pass through Anambra state that the Government of Delta state has announced closure of all its land borders with effect from Sunday, 29th of March, 2020.
‘’Motorists are advised not to travel through the Niger Bridge Head, Onitsha to avoid putting pressure on the bridge. Motorists will not be able to drive into Delta state as a result of the border closure order in place.
‘’The government of Anambra state is also announcing the closure of Onitsha Head bridge with immediate effect to discourage vehicles queuing up on the bridge. The security agencies are hereby directed to enforce this.
‘’Motorists should also note that the government of Enugu state has announced the closure of its land borders with effect from Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
‘’Only vehicles transporting food items and medicines will be allowed passage.
‘’The government of Anambra state hereby reiterates its earlier directive for people to stay at home and observe strictly the coronavirus advisory and directives earlier issued.’’