Northern Governors Say A Lockdown In The Region Is Not Possible

Governors in the northern region of Nigeria have given reasons why they cannot impose a lockdown in their states amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The governors, after their meeting on Monday, April 13, agreed that a total closure of borders in the region will come at a very high price they cannot pay.
A statement by Macham Makut,Governor Simon Lalong’s director of press and public affairs partly read: “They (northern governors) agreed that at the moment, each state would adopt the measure suitable to its setting because total lockdown of the region will come at a very high cost since most of its citizens are farmers who need to go to farms since the rains have started.”

The governors according to said that most of the indigenes and residents in their states are farmers who cultivate staple foods and as such, a lockdown will bring about a shortage of food and famine.

They went on to explain that since the raining season has started, farmers have begun planting at their farmlands.
Governors in the geopolitical zone said that each state will adopt a suitable measure to cope with the harsh economic effects of the virus, instead of closing its borders.

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