By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
In line with the adjunct rules on the prevention of the spread of the ravaging deadly Covid -19 virus from contacts, governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State and all members of the state executive council are on self isolation over possibility of their having contacted the virus.
Governor Sani Bello has had contacts with the Chief of Staff to President Muhammad Buhari, Abba Kyari who has since come down with the virus.
Though there was no information as to whether the governor has had any tests conducted on him, the governor has had contacts with members of the state’s cabinet and others since after his meeting with Abba Kyari.
The governor has consequently directed that all members of the state executive council as well as those who attended the state executive council meetings in the last two weeks should proceed on self isolation for the next two weeks.
The governor’s stance was in line with the presidential directives that all those who have had contacts with some key government figures in Aso Rock who have tested positive to the Covid -19 virus should go on self isolation.
A Niger state government information on Wednesday, confirmed that the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello was already complying with the self isolation order.
The information did not however say anything about the governor’s immediate family.
On the presence of the Covid -19 virus in the state, Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane who is the Chairman of the state’s Taskforce on Corona virus, divulged the information about the the governor’s isolation.
He however refuted denied that there were persons identified with the Covid -19 virus case in the state.
On the curfew slammed on the state by the state governor, the SSG announced that the restriction order had been reviewed downwards as from the second day.
The restriction order is now to start, as from the second day, henceforth, from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily as against the 8:00am to 8:00pm announced by the state governor earlier.
It would be recalled that members of the state legislature had called for a review of the order as they described the curfew as too harsh, counter productive and unreasonable.