The state Deputy governor, Edward Onoja disclosed during a joint press conference at the Police Command headquarters in Lokoja on Friday.
Onoja, who is the chairman of the state COVID-19 pandemic committee, also announced the ban on all public gathering of any kind across the state until further notice.
“We are advising everybody to stay at home and in staying at home, we will also ensure that mobility, especially bikes and tricycles, okada riders, will be restricted effective from Saturday, March 28, 2020.”
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He said that the order was in collaboration with security agencies who would ensure strict enforcement across the length and breadth of Kogi State.
On motorists plying highways in the state, he said, “For people passing through Kogi state to other destinations, we would advise strictly that there should be no stoppage within Kogi borders.
“And those who will be bringing passengers into Kogi state in Lokoja, the state capital, there are Six stopping points – Natako, from the entrance from Abuja and the entrance from Obajana and Kabba junctions.
“Other stopping points will be Ganaja junction, Crusher and Zango. All these points will be manned by security agencies and health officers to test passengers that would be coming out from those vehicles.
“We also ask that only stores and sellers of foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, drugs and essentials should open as from tomorrow (Saturday).
“All other traders that do not fall into any of these categories should please endeavour to have a lock-up of their stores and their shops,” Onoja said.
The deputy governor noted that the only effective means of curtailing the pandemic was to keep the virus at bay saying, “the virus does not come to you, human beings carry them to others.
“And the only way to prevent the mobility of this virus is for everybody to stay at home and maintain social distance, follow all other health tips that have been advised by the experts.”
He, however, advised that anyone presenting with symptoms such as fever occasioned by very high body temperature from 37.4 degrees centigrade and above, dry cough, itchy and sore throat, difficulty in breathing, should promptly report to the authorities for immediate attention.
“His Excellency the executive governor of Kogi State emphasises and advises that we should try as much as possible to stay at home, stay safe, keep healthy and we pray that this pandemic will pass and we will get back to our normal life,” he said.
Onoja gave the mobile phone numbers to call