The outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus disease in Nigeria has been disrupting so many regular activities and leading the government to make some harsh but unavoidable decisions. Sucha type of decision was recently made by the government of Anambra State as it barred all vehicular traffic across the popular Niger bridge and also closed its border with Enugu state.
Anambra state government bars vehicular traffic across Niger bridge and closes its Enugu border indefinitely
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This traffic ban on the Niger bridge was announced on Sunday 29th of March 2020 with implementation following immediately. The announcement was made by Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, the Secretary to the state government who also mentioned that the Onitsha Head Bridge will also be affected. In the announcement, he emphasized that only vehicles that are transporting medicines and food items will be given temporary passage access to use the bridge. Below is the remaining part of his statement during the announcement;
“Motorists are advised not to travel through the Niger Bridge Head, Onitsha to avoid putting pressure on the bridge. Motorists will not be able to drive into Delta State as a result of the border closure order in place.
“The government of Anambra State is also announcing the closure of Onitsha Head Bridge with immediate effect to discourage vehicles queuing up on the bridge. The security agencies are hereby directed to enforce this.
“Motorists should also note that the government of Enugu State has announced the closure of its land borders with effect from Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
“As a consequence, the government of Anambra State hereby reiterates its earlier directive for people to stay at home and observe strictly the coronavirus advisory and directives earlier issued.”
This is a radical move by the Anambra state government despite a single recorded case of the disease in the state at the time of the announcement. However, it is a popular saying in Nigeria that “prevention is better than cure”.
Anambra state has only closed major roads and bridges. Watch this press video below reporting situation of things in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja as total lockdown begins in these places:
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