The Federal Government said it is considering interrupting interstate and inter-city travel in the country.
In a statement released on Thursday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the country’s strategy to contain the pandemic is working, adding that the country still has a long way to go.
In emphasizing that he does not intend to spread panic, the minister noted that bold measures have been taken and more such measures need to be taken to ensure that Nigeria defeats the virus.
Lai Mohammed’s statement partially said:
“Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic. But the truth is that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the
cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.
“In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not have it and minimize spread. Possible measures include:
“Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services.
“Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all
train movements nationwide have been stopped.
“Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate
cities and towns”.
The minister who had previously told Nigerians to prepare for tougher measures in efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, told reporters that the government is aware of its priorities and challenges.
He welcomed state governments that took bold steps to ensure the safety of people, including closing markets and banning large congregations.
Mohammed, however, noted that the federal government is determined to be more aggressive in implementing measures to curb the spread of the virus.