by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has partially suspended total lockdown order initiated to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The governor made this known in Bauchi on Wednesday, while giving update on COVID-19 situation in the state, when he said “All religious activities could commence, but with strict adherence to all the preventive measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.”
According to him, “The partial lockdown imposed on the state is relaxed. The relaxation will enable the people of Bauchi to attend their places of worship like the private worship, the Eid ground and the Churches.
“In doing that, you shall continue to practice social and physical distancing as well as all medical measures, including washing of hands with soap and using of face masks.
“The total lockdown imposed in Azare, the headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area, Giade and Zaki, is also relaxed, from Thursday morning,” he noted.
Governor Bala Mohammed said the state government did not impose the lockdown to punish anybody, but wanted things to be calm and to contain the virus as soon as possible.
The governor stressed by saying that, “We did not enforce the lockdown because we wanted to punish anybody, but we wanted this thing to calm down, and it has calmed down.
“People are free to go about their normal businesses, but must exercise all the underlined preventive measures. Despite the relaxation, palliatives would continue to be provided to the people,” he said, and assured that, “all local governments would be treated on an equal basis.”