Covid-19: Fintiri to Shutdown Business, Groups, Not Obeying Containment Rules

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The Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has warned that though the earlier rules imposed by the state to contain the spread of Covid-19 remains in effect, several organisations, business, have continued to flaunt the protocols.
The governor of warns that gatherings of more than fifty people are still banned, individuals are expected to wear Facemask in public gatherings and washing of hands and hand sanitiser must be observed and that any group found not to be in compliance to these rules would be shutdown.
This is contained in a statement issued by the press secretary to the, Humwashi Wonosikou, ane made available to newsmen, Monday, in Yola, Adamawa state.
The statement reads, “The Adamawa State Government has appealed for cooperation and support from the general public in its efforts to contain the new spike in COVID-19 pandemic.
“Governor Fintiri is worried with the lack of compliance to COVID-19 restrictions as Coronavirus Pandemic has emerged as a truly global health crisis.
“I am disappointment that mandated measures to reduce transmission which include advocacy of behaviours like wearing of face masks, social distancing, washing of hands, and restrictions on public gatherings have not been adhered to by the people as guidelines on Restriction Of Movement and Matters Incidental Thereto issued in March, 2020 that is still in force and advise the public to adhere to the provisions.
“Social gatherings of more than 50 people at a time is also still in force.”
Outlining the protocols for the containment of coronavirus in the state the statement reads, “The general public is hereby called upon to adhere strictly to the provisions of the guidelines namely;
“1. Compulsory use of face masks in any public gathering or public transport.
“2. Social distancing in any gathering.
“3. Ensure washing of hands and use of sanitizers.
“4. Hospitality businesses such as Clubs, Cinema halls, Event centres, Conferences and Congresses and other similar gatherings with population beyond 100 remain banned.
“5. Movement between 10 pm and 5 am is also not allowed.
“6. Leaders at Worship centres are therein advised to ensure use of face mask by all, while ensuring social distancing.
“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has also pointed out that this is done following identification of a new variant of the COVID-19 virus and directives in line with safety measures by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and what Adamawa State Government can do to intensify things to help bring the rate of infections down.
“The Governor has therefore warned that Any Club, Event centre or business premises so directed found contravening this rule will be closed down.
“While security agencies have been directed to ensure strict adherence to these protocols and any other protocol imposed by the Federal Government.
“I am of the view that we should not wait, as happened earlier, for this virus to again spiral out of control before taking action.
“The world is facing a surge in Coronavirus cases and hospital admissions, We want people to follow the rules in order to avoid stricter measures which looks increasingly likely, meanwhile, Government will ensure that all health facilities are prepared and ready to handle any eventualities.”

COVID-19: Gov. Fintiri Warns Residents to Brace Up for Fresh Stringent Measures to Curb With New Virus Strain

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The Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has warned residents that new stringent measures would soon be introduced in the state to contain the possible spread of the second wave of coronavirus spreading fast across the country.
Fintiri said, residents must work hand-in-hand with governmnent to curb the spread of the virus by observing the basic protocols for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 including washing of hands, social distancing, using of hand sanitizers, avoiding over crowded places and wearing of face masks.
This is contained in a press statement issued by the press secretary to the Adamawa state governor, Humwashi Wonosikau, and made available to Newsmen, Wednesday.

Umaru Fintiri is concerned over the new wave of Coronavirus Pandemic which health authorities indicated spreads faster than the earlier.
The statement said, “Governor Fintiri is putting the State on notice of a possible new restrictions because government is not leaving anything to chance in tackling the spike of the Pandemic that has been reported in Nigeria.

“With the confirmation that Nigeria has entered the second wave of the Pandemic that changed developments across the world for much of 2020 we have resolved to ensure citizens observe the protocols of COVID-19 for their own good.”

While regretting the toll it would take on the economy and social activities, Fintiri however assured that, “Government intends to keep businesses open as nobody would want to go through another round of lockdown but residents must adhere strictly to measures to counter the spread of COVID-19 in the State.
“The best thing for both Public health and the economy is for residents to respond to the new measures necessary to stem the tide of COVID-19.

“The time for swift and decisive action is now and we cannot afford to be slow.”
He added that, “As a result of the rapid spread of the new variant of the COVID-19 virus, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri warns residents to ensure use of face mask, avoid crowded places, frequent washing of hands and use of sanitizers, while also observing social distancing and to only travel when necessary.
“Government will need the cooperation and support of club owners, event centres and those operating businesses at night at this time of the second wave of the Pandemic to ensure they close by 10pm in the interest of the public as Government works hard to halt the spread of the virus.
“The new strain of Coronavirus which is spreading faster, calls for the understanding and cooperation of all to stop the virus.
“I wishing the people of the state a prosperous year 2021 and a hope of a better new year with healthy citizens.”

Covid-19: Lockdown Offenders to get 6 Months Jail Term or N50k Fine

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The Adamawa governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has signed a Health Protection (Coronavirus) Restriction Adamawa State Regulations 2020 Order, the order gives him the power to prohibit movements by unauthorized persons and the order has stipulated a penalty of six months prison term or a fifty thousand naira fine or both for offenders.

The Restrictions Order further gives legal backing to law enforcement officers to use “Reasonable Force” on offenders and who under the order might be treated as infected persons attempting to expose the public to the disease.

This is contained in a press statement issued by the press secretary to the governor, Humwashi Wonosikau, and Made available to Newsmen, Wednesday.

The statement said, “Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has signed an Executive Order giving legal backing to the measures taken to contain the spread of Covid-19 throughout the State.

“known as the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Restriction Adamawa State Regulations 2020 Order, it came into force by midnight of Tuesday, 31st March 2020.

“The Restriction Order prohibits a person from leaving His abode without reasonable excuse except to obtain basic necessities such as food, drugs and water within its two-week lifespan.

“Others are seeking medical assistance, providing care and assistance to a vulnerable person, donating blood or for the purpose of work, which are all classified as essential services.”

The statement further explained that, “Therefore, the list of reasonable excuses set out in the Restriction Order is non exhaustive.

“Government expects citizens to exercise caution when considering any undertaking outside those exceptions specifically allowed, as they may have to justify that to the police or other law enforcement agencies and the courts.

“Under the Regulation, the police or law enforcement officers may use reasonable force if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a person is, or may be infected or contaminated with the Coronavirus and there is a risk that the person might infect others.”

Explaining the purpose of the bill the statement reads, “The main purpose of the Order is for protection of citizens and the furtherance of public safety which is the fulcrum of any responsible Government.

“It is an offence under the Restriction Order for a person to provide false or misleading information, or to obstruct any person lawfully enforcing its provisions, without reasonable excuse.

“Furthermore, any person who fails to comply with the provisions is liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000.00) six months’ imprisonment or both.

“Finally, the Governor of Adamawa State is empowered to extend the enforcement of the regulations to a further period as circumstances my warrant.”

The order however grants the governor the power to extend the enforcement of the regulations indefinitely.

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