The Federal Government may embark on fumigating cities and towns as part of measures to stop the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known on Thursday at a press briefing on the update of coronavirus.
Said he: “Possible measures include: Stopping inter-state/inter-town travel, except for essential services,” he said.
“Closing all motor parks and inter-state rail stations. Already, all train movements nationwide have been stopped. Using fire fighting and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate cities and towns.”
The minister expressed regret that the government was not getting the required co-operation from Nigerians in the bid to put an end to the spread of the disease.
He said apart from those criticising the government over the measure put in place to “keep people safe”, some people who flew into the country gave wrong addresses and phone numbers, thus making it impossible for contact tracing.
His words: “Let me say, without mincing words, that we are not getting the kind of cooperation that this moment deserves from Nigerians. Many are busy engaging in meaningless criticisms instead of complying with the stipulated directives to keep people safe.
“Some Nigerians who flew into the country from overseas filled wrong addresses and phone numbers in their forms, making it difficult to trace them when the need arises.
“Some Nigerians defied orders to stay away from large gatherings while some religious leaders willfully flouted the directives to ensure social distancing.
“The government is doing its best but we need the citizens to do their best too. We have now gone past the stage of persuasion. It’s time for strong enforcement.
“I want to say straight away that our strategy at containing this pandemic is working, but we still have a long way to go.”
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