COVID-19: Katsina LGA, 17 others may face another lockdown in Nigeria
Katsina Local Government Area of Katsina State is among the 18 high burden local government areas that may be locked down to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Katsina Post learned.
Recall that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 Boss Mustapha, disclosed on Monday that it would work with state governments to see how 18 LGAs would be locked down.
Chairman of PTF who spoke at a news conference after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari at the end of the four-week gradual easing of lockdown, said: “For the precision lockdown, we have identified 18 local governments out of the 774 local government Areas in Nigeria”.
As of May 29, about 11 of the local governments were in Lagos State. They were Lagos mainland, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Alimosho, Kosofe, Ikeja, Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos Island and Surulere.
Others that were listed include Abuja Municipal, Tarauni (Kano), Nassarawa (Kano), Katsina LGA in Katsina State, Maiduguri (Borno), Dutse (Jigawa), Oredo (Edo), Bauchi and Ado Odo/Ota (Ogun).
Mustapha was accompanied to brief the President by Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Coordinator of the PTF Dr Sani Aliyu and Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.
National Coordinator of the Taskforce, Dr Sani Aliyu said while it is difficult to lock down some areas without defined boundaries, the PTF would ensure that all other non-pharmaceutical measures are strictly adhered to in the 18 high burden local government areas.