From Dan Amasingha, Minna
Niger state government has relaxed the restriction of movement of persons in the last 10 days over the COVID- 19 pandemic, which now takes effect from 2pm to 8pm.
In the new arrangement, the existing ban on religious activities will be lifted from April 10.
Secretary to Niger state government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane announced the relaxation of the curfew, while briefing news men on the activities of the state COVID- 19 task force on Sunday.
“Despite the fact that, government has observed that many people do not respect the social distancing appeals and directive, the government has however, decided to relaxe the curfew imposed on the state from 2pm to 10pm”
The Secretary to the state government explained that, the new adjustment of the curfew time takes effect from Sunday, April 5.
According to him, the new measure is to enable people to stock food and other essentials as the government assesses the situation in the coming days.
The SSG who also doubles as the chairman of the state tasks force on the COVID- 19 also disclosed that following public outcry, the ban on congregational prayers will be lifted from Friday, April 10.
Matane further announced the directives of the Governor for civil servants on grade level 1-12 to resume back to work on Monday, April 6.
“Civil servants on grade levels 1-12 earlier directed to stay at home as part of measures taken by government to curb the spread of COVID-19 are now to resume work on Monday 6th April.
“However, the state government, insisted that intra and inter state movement of people and vehicles remained banned while, local government Areas that share common boundaries with neighbouring state will continue to ensure effective monitoring.