Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State, in a statewide broadcast on Thursday night, announced the closure of the state land borders, with effect from April 10, 2020.
The closure for initial two weeks is with the exception of food and essential medical commodities, pending observations on trends of the disease in the state and country.
Similarly, all state civil servants at Grade Level 12 and below are to work from homes for an initial two weeks from March 27, 2020 to April 10, 2020.
These are parts of the outcomes of a three-day stakeholders’ meeting held in the state on ways to check the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
The governor said, “The outbreak of COVID-19 is a global challenge that is affecting all parts of the world. It has so far caused losses in human lives and the economy of all nations, including Nigeria.
“Alhamdulillah, Sokoto State is experiencing a relatively safe situation, having so far recorded no case of infection. The only suspected case has tested negative of the coronavirus.
“Notwithstanding the fact that the state has not recorded any case of this disease, the state government constituted a task force team of experts under the leadership of the State Commissioner of Health, Dr Muhammed Ali Inname, on the 19th March, 2020.
“The terms of reference of the committee are to advise government on all measures needed to be taken to prevent the entry and spread of the disease into Sokoto State and also to organise public enlightenment campaigns and statewide engagement with members of the public.