Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has again warned residents on the use of face mask as lockdown continues in the state.
Lalong maintained that the state will resume its lockdown as from of Sunday, May 24, adding that the initial pattern continues in the state until further notice.
According to the governor, in the statement which was delivered to newsmen today by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Dan Manjang, violators of the COVID-19 order will be dealt with.
He said, “those who default will be prosecuted and sanctioned appropriately.”
Speaking about the state’s mode of lockdown which usually starts from Sunday at midnight and ends at every Wednesday at the same hour, the governor said, “This will henceforth be the pattern until further review.
He stated further, “In other words, the total lockdown is relaxed on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; while Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays remain totally locked down.”
“In line with the foregoing, therefore, it is pertinent to remind citizens of Plateau State that the total lockdown resumes at midnight of Sunday 24th May 2020 till midnight of Wednesday 27th May 2020 irrespective of the Public Holidays declared by the Federal Government as a result of the Sallah celebrations,” the commissioner noted in the statement.
“Therefore all and sundry are by this, enjoined to remain indoors except those on essential services as violators will be prosecuted. In like manner, the public is hereby reminded that the curfew imposed by the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR between the hours of 8 pm to 6 am is still in force.”
“Furthermore, it is now an offence for anyone to go out of his or her home without a face mask as those who default will be prosecuted and sanctioned appropriately,” he reiterated.
To ensure strict adherence to the order, the state government also deployed members of the State Executive Council, Security Agency heads, and heads in the state Civil Servants to separate parts in the state.
Governor Lalong further noted that, “Inter-local government borders remain closed while entry and exit routes into the State remain shut to all persons except those so exempted.
“To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Let us continue to work together to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Plateau State and save lives.”