Plateau Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Dan Manjang, has said that the partial lockdown imposed on the state has been very effective in the fight against the novel Coronavirus.
Manjang said this in an interview with newsmen in Jos on Friday in the wake of perceptions among residents of the state that the lockdown was needless since there were normal movements of people for four days in a week.
He said the partial lockdown had curtailed the number of infected people from escalating as compared to other states which did not have lockdown imposed on them.
“I can tell you that the lockdown has been very effective as far as government is concerned.
“We have cases in other places where there is no lockdown and they have been recording alarming numbers.
“Who knows what would be happening in Plateau if we did not take the right steps; the number may have been more than what we are seeing today,” he said.
On the rumours that the government would totally lift the lockdown in the state, Manjang stated that the executive order remained in force until when it was reviewed.
He also noted that the public continued to defy the stay-at-home order during the lockdown as heavy vehicular and human movements were being experienced in the state.
“The executive order by the governor remained; it has not been reviewed yet, we are going into a meeting to review the situation and make sure we don’t kill the economy.
“If I tell you that the lockdown would be removed totally I will be jumping the gun, if the governor says so, I am just a megaphone, I will relay the information to you.
“The lockdown is temporary, our human nature is such that we don’t want to be locked in one place, it is not deliberate that we want to keep people in one place.
“The lockdown is mandatory for our own good, it is all over the world, we should obey government’s order for out own good,” the commissioner said.
He advised the people to always wash their hands and maintain social distancing, stating that hand washing was a more effective way of self protection against the disease than the use of masks and sanitisers.