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Gov Ortom imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew on Benue



till further notice.”

Other  measures announced by the governor to contain the ravaging viral infection included suspension of all public gatherings till further notice.

He, however,  explained that marriage ceremonies, community festivals, funerals and religious meetings (Churches and Mosques) were not to exceed 30 persons.

The governor also directed all commercial vehicles traveling in and out of the state, as well as those traveling from one local government area to another within the state to submit manifest of their passengers to the appropriate authorities.

” The manifest must contain information about the passengers’ names, phone numbers, residential addresses and final destination.

” Tricycles also known as ‘Keke NAPEP’ should not convey more than two passengers at a time.

” Township and mini buses should not convey more than seven passengers at a time.

” Commercial motorcycles also known as ‘Okada’ should convey one person at a time and wear face mask.

” Importantly, all commercial vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles must have hand sanitisers for the use of passengers,” he said.

The governor, who also announced the “immediate closure of all markets”, however, exempted shops and commodity stores.

He also placed a ban on all night clubs till further notice, while bars and restaurants were directed to render take-away services only and

“must provide hand sanitisers and soap with water for customers’ use”.

Ortom enjoined all people to act as information officers for COVID-19 by passing relevant verified information from the authorities to others.

He said the state government has organized a one-day refresher seminar for all health workers to prepare them for the challenges ahead.

The governor announced the provision of Six ambulances and Hilux vehicles for use by the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) to enhance its operations.

He also announced the release of the sum N60 million for the fight  against the dreaded virus  in the state and pledged to inaugurate Local Government COVID-19 Action Committees on Monday to enforce its border closure.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the state government had earlier closed down all schools in the state.

Edited By: Isaac Ukpoju

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