Jigawa State reopens borders, maintains COVID-19 protocols

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Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru

THE Governor of Jigawa State Mohammed Badaru has announced the immediate reopening of the state borders which were shut on March 24 as part of efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

The governor made the announcement on Saturday at a news conference in Dutse, and said that movement from other states to Jigawa would only be permissible under strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

The governor, however, said that schools would remain closed in the state, pending when the situation of coronavirus pandemic improved generally in the country.

According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the reopening of the borders came a week after the state government reopened all weekly markets in the state, which were shut nine weeks ago.

The COVID -19 case profile of the state indicates that Jigawa has 317 COVID-19 patients, 307 patients have been discharged, one patient is still being treated and there been nine deaths.

Badaru said: “We are full of prayers not to retreat back to those anxious and uncertain moments of the past.

“We have only one coronavirus patient with active disease while the remaining in the isolation centre have recovered and have been discharged.

“We also thank God that in the last four days there has been no reported case of COVID-19 in the state. With ardent prayers and support of the Jigawa people, we are determined to sustain the tempo.”

The governor, however, said the state had temporarily closed the Fanisau Isolation Centre, pending when a new case of the COVID-19 was recorded.

He further announced that the Federal Government had donated N1billion COVID-19 grant to the state, in addition to 150 truck loads of grains as palliatives to cushion the effects of the lockdown in the state.

Badaru said that the grains were delivered to the state through the National Emergency and Management Agency (NEMA), and that 11 of the 150 truck loads had already arrived in the state.

“We will use the already established method of distribution through the polling units, to get to the less privileged, in order to lessen the hardship faced by these groups of individuals,” he said.

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