The Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, has agreed to a fresh two- weeks inter - state lockdown in the country.
A communique signed by the Chairman of the forum and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, said that the 36:state governors unanimously agreed to the fresh two weeks lockdown to minimise the impact of the Covid- 19 pandemic on Nigerians, from state to state.
The NGF reached the agreement after receiving briefing from the Governors of Lagos, Bauchi, Oyo and Ogun States who shared their experiences and lessons from the fight against COVID- 19 at the end of the sixth COVID-19 teleconference meeting stated that only essential services would be permitted.
The governors called for the decentralization of the COVID-19 response strategies as the best chance of nipping the spread of the virus in communities with over 25 states now affected by the virus with the attendant increasing evidence of community transmission.
Members of the NGF also expressed serious concern over the rising spread of the virus among health workers and resolved to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to ensure that health workers are “adequately” provided with personal protective equipment, PPE, and are constantly trained on the use of protective gears.
This followed an update from the NGF Secretariat on the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. They further resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level, headed by their state Commissioners for Health in a bid to ensure coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states.
"Regional committees will continue to interface with the state Task Force Committees on COVID-19 already established in each state " the communiqué added.
Fayemi briefed the forum on the rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and coordination efforts with the Federal Government, multilateral and bilateral partners, and the private sector through the Coalition against COVID-19, CACOVID.
The forum held a minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians who had lost their lives from coronavirus, especially health workers who were in the front lines of the epidemic.
The NGF futhermore, congratulated the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, who after nearly four weeks of testing positive and observing very strict medical regime, has now received two consecutive negative test results for the disease just as they also conveyed their condolence to President Muhammadu Buhari and the people of Borno State on the passing of the former Chief of Staff, CoS, to the President, Abba Kyari.