Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has ordered for immediate closure of public and private schools in up to tertiary levels.
This, according to the governor is part of measures put in place to prevent the spread of the Corona virus disease in the state.
The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, in Lokoja, on Friday, said the closure of schools and other public gatherings take effect from Monday.
The governor also banned all forms of gathering of over 30 people as part of preventive measures against the pandemic.
According to the governor, the measures became imperative given the strategic location of the state, which serves as transit point for travellers connecting various parts of the country.
He urged residents to be cautious and to observe high level of personal hygiene, such as constant hand wash with soap and
hand sanitizers as well as observance of social distancing.
As part of its preparedness, the state government has set up an isolation centre in Lokoja, the state capital, and an emergency response team has been constituted too.
The statement also points out that the government is leveraging on the existing house-to-house Lassa fever campaign to take the message of COVID-19 to the grassroots.
Meanwhile, the government also provided the following emergency telephone numbers for rapid response in the case of suspected outbreak;
08064469625, 07067918835, 08030607102, 08034732988, 08076288933.