We will not lock the plateau, says Lalong – Punch Newspapers

James Abraham, Jos

Late Gov. Simon Simon Lalong said Wednesday that he has no plans to lock the state in response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor revealed this on Wednesday in Jos during a meeting he had with stakeholders, including local government chairmen, traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders and health professionals to discuss how best to resolve the situation in line with the advice of the COVID presidential working group. -19.

The statement of the director of the press and public affairs, Macham Makuta, says that the meeting convened by the governor was chaired by the secretary of the government of the state, plateau prof. Danladi Atu, who is also the coordinator of the state working group for COVID. -19.

During the meeting, Atu said the event was organized to draw the attention of stakeholders to the urgency of the situation caused by the second wave of the pandemic, especially during the yuletide season.

He said the governor has ordered that strong measures be taken to ensure people are sensitized to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols to combat the spread of the disease.

He said that after detailed discussions, measures on COVID-19 were adopted at the meeting, ordering all public gatherings, including places of worship, to reduce attendance to 50 percent of their capacity.

According to him, the rally also banned all cultural festivals and ordered the use of face masks in all public places, while social distancing, hand washing and other protocols must be respected.

As for security, the secretary of state said security reports available to the government indicate that some criminal elements are planning attacks on some communities in the state during the yuletide season.

He said the governor had scheduled a meeting to encourage a joint response to intelligence and surveillance to help security agencies with useful information to enable them to respond to any threat of attack by criminals.

Atu said “the state government is working with security agencies to be more proactive, not reactive.”

He also said the state has strengthened Operation Debt to ensure it compliments security efforts in the state.