Governors of the 36 States of Nigeria on Wednesday reached an agreement to implement of a 14 days nationwide lockdown in the country to help in containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The governors who held a virtual meeting for the first time under the the umbrella of Nigeria Governors Forum, reached this 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.
In a press statement released after the meeting, the governors stated; “Governors unanimously agreed to the implementation of an inter-state lockdown in the country over the next two weeks to mitigate the spread of the virus from state to state. Only essential services will be permitted.”
The governors also resolved to set up COVID-19 committees at the regional level, headed by their state Commissioners of Health to strengthen coordinated implementation of necessary public health recommendations across states. These regional committees will continue to interface with the State Task Force Committees on COVID-19 already established in each state, the statement noted.