The Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, yesterday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew across the state to contain further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a broadcast to residents of the state, the governor issued an executive order imposing the curfew across the 11 council areas of the state from 6 pm to 7 am with effect from today.
He said during the period, all markets and business activities involving the interaction of more than two persons are suspended except for essential services. “By this order, all markets and business activities involving the interaction of more than two persons are hereby suspended. But essential food and medical supplies are however exempted from this order. “All congregational activities for social, cultural, and religious purposes regardless of the number of persons participating in such events are equally suspended. Also, intra-state transportation from one LGA to another is suspended. Consequently, all motor parks across the state are closed,” he said.
Governor Yahaya also directed the closure of all Tsangaya schools across the state, saying necessary steps shall be taken to ensure the safe return of all Almajiris from other states back to their respective states of origin. On the issue of palliative to ease economic hardships during the lockdown period, he said “we shall set up a Palliative Committee under the chairmanship of the Emir of Gombe, Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III to oversee the organisation and distribution of relief materials to the people during this period.”