When the going gets tough, the tough gets going and since the birds have learnt how to fly without perching, the hunter has also learnt how to shoot without missing. This has been the recent case in most states in Nigeria, with a view to curbing the utmost effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has faced the world and Nigeria specifically.
State governments in Nigeria to this effect, have been fighting tirelessly to make sure the spread of COVID-19 in their respective states is curtailed and the entire nation to a larger outlook.
Focusing on Enugu State, the state government has ordered the closure of all land borders and inter-state transportation in the state till further notice, with effect from 6pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, except those on medical emergency services and other essential service providers as specified by the government. This measure is hence posed at preventing and extremely curtailing the spread of the virus in the state, which may have eaten a bit deeper in some nearby or far away states.
In a statement by the Secretary to the State government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, the state government also ordered the closure of all markets in the state. He stated that “no matter the size of the market, till further notice, with effect from 6pm on Tuesday, the 31st day of March, 2020.
The statement added that other categories exempted from the closure include “those dealing in food items, water, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and other basic items of daily domestic need who must comply with the standard hygiene protocols as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), including frequent hand washing with soap, using of sanitizer and social distancing.
According to Prof. Ortuanya, “all Local government Chairmen are hereby directed to ensure strict compliance with the closure of the markets within their respective local government councils, without prejudice to the exceptions above”.
While appealing for understanding from the resident and citizens of the state, he said “at this difficult time, no sacrifice is too much to save the lives of our people”, the state government directed the security agencies and the state Medical Response Team to enforce all the directives as stated above.
Notably, all these and more have been the fate of many states in the nation which all efforts are utmostly targeted at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 and therefore, saving lives.