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Reps Call For Urgent Enforcement Of Interstate Lockdown

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Zainab Sanni

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday called for the urgent enforcement of the interstate lockdown directive issues by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The motion was sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu.

In presenting the Motion, Elumelu said that “after due consultations with state governors, the federal government on the 27th of April 2020 announced, among several regulations;

1.the need to ban non-essential interstate passenger travels until further notice.

2.overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am, excepting movement for essential services and controlled interstate movement of goods and services from producers to customers.

3.The mandatory use of face mask in public places as well as maintaining physical distances and personal hygiene.

4.Restrictions on social and religious gatherings”.

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He noted that interstate travel had continued despite the federal government’s directive.

He said “On several occasions, state government have intercepted trailer loads of people moving in the middle of the night and sneaking into other states in this lockdown period, whereas there are supposed to be security agents at states borders implementing the presidential lockdown orders”,

Co-sponsors of the motion were: (Hon) Victor Nwokolo, Nicholas Mutu, Leo Ogor, Nicholas Ossai, Julius Pondi, Been Igbakpa’s, Dafe Afe, Thomas Ereyetomi and Francis Waive.

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