COVID 19: Plateau State bans vehicular movement

Omolola Fadile, Jos


The Plateau State Government in North Central Nigeria, says effective from Sunday 29th March 2020, there will be prohibition of vehicular movements into the State from all border entry routes from 6pm to 7am as part of measures taken to avoid the COVID 19 virus in the State.

The Secretary to the State Government Danladi Atu who stated this during a press briefing in Jos the State Capital,  said this was part of measures the State Government is taken to prepare against COVID 19.

 “As of now, we have no recorded case of the disease in Plateau State and in order to ensure that we prevent any case from coming into the State, Government has rolled out measures including shutting of markets; ban on festivals, restriction of gatherings to not more than 50 people, Ban on weekly Sunday markets at Ahmadu Bello Way, Bukuru and environs; closure of night clubs and drinking joints etc,” he stated.

We have appraised the situation about compliance to the directives and you will recall that the Chairman of the Task Force, His Excellency further directed the full enforcement of the orders issued.

Professor Atu said as at Friday 27th March 2020, there was substantial compliance and the Government commended the good and peace loving citizens of Plateau State who have adhered to the directives.

“However, the Government takes exception to the nonchalance and flagrant disregard of the directives by some individuals and groups who have remained recalcitrant. They have also mobilised their followers to disobey the orders of Government, which is meant to protect the lives of the people. Let me categorically make it clear that nobody is above the law and government is taking necessary action,” he noted.

In line with the directive of Government for full implementation of compliance, the Governor has asked Security agencies to take the necessary measures on such persons.

Further measures taken include the following:

  1.  Tricycles will no longer take more than 1 passenger
  2.     Saloon cars will only take 4 passengers including the driver
  3.      The Government has set up a COVID-19 Eradication Fund, which the organised private sector and well-spirited members of the public can contribute into. The essence of it is to take care of the vulnerable and some social challenges arising from the situation. 
  4. Buses should not have more than six passengers including the driver.
  5. Effective Sunday 29th March 2020, there will be prohibition of vehicular movement into Plateau State from all border entry routes from 6pm to 7am. All people coming into Plateau

State should note and take note of t his and prepare their trips to avoid unnecessary inconveniences.” He said

He therefore appealed to members of the public to continue to cooperate with the Government as they work together to ensure the  protection  of  lives of the people and report any suspected case to the nearest health centre.