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COVID-19: Lalong Defies Downpours, Flags off Fumigation

From Jude Dangwam, Jos

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has flag off the one week fumigation exercise amidst heavy downpour in the state capital, Jos stating that Government will soon roll out palliative measures to assist the weak and vulnerable amongst citizens of the state.

 He said the exercise will cover all Public places such as markets, Streets, Office Premises among others within Jos and Bukuru metropolis as well as in the 17 local government areas of the state.
Lalong stated this on Good Friday, while flagging off the decontamination exercise held at Taminus roundabout in Jos the Plateau State capital.

He hinted that the state will be having it’s testing centre in the coming days in preparation to handle the disease in the event of an outbreak.

“During this period, the entire State will be fumigated.

All Public places such as markets, Streets, Office Premises among others will be fumigated. 

“In addition to the fumigation, the lockdown will also help us reduce any tendency for inter-State transfer of the disease and enable us respond appropriately to any suspected case and contact tracing. “We shall be getting a Testing Centre here in Plateau State in the coming days, which will also boost our capacity to identify any case faster, he stated.”

He appealed to all Christians in the state to take government measures in good faith and pray that the pandemic be overcome especially as the lockdown commenced on a good Friday.

“These are difficult and unusual times for not only Plateau State, but also the world at large. Ordinarily, we should not be doing an event like this on a Good Friday, but the times warrant this and we continue to appeal for the patience and understanding of our citizens.

“Like Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said, ‘Our Churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is not in chains. Even though we cannot worship together, each of us can seek God in the tabernacles of our hearts.’
Governor Lalong further appealed to all citizens to abide by the lockdown directive in order to make the work of law enforcement officers easier.

“We do not want to hear of ugly cases of harsh enforcement,” he advised.

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