From Abba Kabara, Gusau.
Zamfara state Governor, Bello Matawalle has intensified border closure with an extension of two weeks as a Stay-Safe measure against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Making this announcement Thursday evening, Matawalle also gave a suspension order for the annual Ramadan Tafseer, Tarawee and Ittikaf, being the routine Qur’an translation and congregational prayers performed in every Ramadan season.
To ensure strict compliance with the executive order, Matawalle also announced the constitution of a mobile court for the prosecution of offenders.
Sounding a strong warning against defiance, the governor stressed that the measure was necessary to guarantee safety for the citizens of the state, explaining that “it is now clear to every one of us that the deadly virus is real and the magnitude of loss of human lives must be curtailed”.
“We are enforcing this measure in compliance with international good practices in the concerted efforts to fight against the current pandemic ravaging the globe” he said.
He said though the state has not recorded a single index of Covid, “we have every reason to be worried with recent developments in our neighbouring states of Sokoto and Katsina” he laments.
He warned that any vehicle intercepted attempting to cross the borders in or out of the state will be impounded and the owner of the vehicle, not minding his or her social position, will be prosecuted.
Governor Matawalle said, however, that people were still free to move anywhere within the state and conduct their normal businesses.
While strongly advising members of the public to strictly observe the best practices of social distancing, use of face masks and hand sanitisers, Matawalle said government has provided two fully equipped isolation centers, adding that ventilators and rest kits were ordered, some of which have already arrived and will soon be utilized.
“Government has ordered for food stuff and essential commodities for distribution to citizens to cushion the effects of the current difficult moment particularly with commencement of the Ramadan fast”‘ he assures