Alarmed by the increasing spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the state, Nasarawa State Government, has insisted that all interstate motor parks remain closed, in line with the Federal Government’s ban on interstate travel.
This was part of the resolutions of stakeholders during an expanded COVID-19 review meeting, which held at the Government House, on Thursday.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting, State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Associate Professor Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, warned that only intrastate motor parks are allowed to operate while all interstate motor parks remain closed.
Kana disclosed that government is maintaining earlier proclamations released on June 1, explaining that worship places, including Mosques and Churches, will remain open, with worshippers urged to observe laid down regulations in order to contain further spread of the virus.
He stressed that the restriction on wedding and burial ceremonies remain, with only 20 persons allowed.
The Justice Commissioner was emphatic that government will continue to enforce all other COVID-19 protocols, urging residents to maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, as well as use facemask regularly.
While announcing that all civil servants in the state are to resume work immediately, Kana however placed limitations on the number of visitors in government offices, adding that henceforth, personal visits are disallowed during working hours in order to reduce the influx of people to government offices.
Alarmed by the increase in the spread of the pandemic, the state government also threatened to sanction any school violating the Government proclamation ordering the closure of schools across the state.
“Government has agreed to maintain the Proclamation No. 9 earlier released on June 1. Commercial motorcycles and Keke are allowed to operate. But they are to be guided by the regulations put in place.
“Commercial motorcycle is allowed to carry only one passenger and both riders must wear face mask. Keke is allowed to carry only two passengers at a time, with all riders required to wear face masks,” Associate Professor Kana stated.
He warned that stiffer penalties await those flouting government directives, stressing that specific courts have been identified across the 13 local government areas to handle issues pertaining to the violation of the Government proclamations aimed at curbing further spread of the coronavirus pandemic.