By: Hauwa Kabir Lawal and Musa Gabriel,
The Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Dan Manjang has come out to clear the air following the mix-reactions and rumours making the rounds that, the Plateau State Government has placed a total ban on all religious activities in the state.
Hon. Dan Manjang in an exclusive interview with REALITY in his office, at the Joseph Gomwalk State Secretariat, described the action of those peddling such rumours, as unfortunate and unfair to the government of the day, which is so concerned about the well-being and safety of all the citizens of the state irrespective of where they are coming from.
It would be recalled that, the Plateau State Government, as part of its measures to contain the Spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the state, which is currently ravaging the whole world with a massive dead toll, issued some orders and directives, which the members of the public should adhere to in order to prevent the virus from spreading like wild-fire in the state to include: avoiding too much clustering, or unnecessary public gathering, in places like Churches, Mosques, markets, parks and the need to maintain proper personal hygiene, among other orders and directives.
Hon. Manjang in his reaction, while explaining the Plateau State Government’s concern in keeping the state free of the deadly virus, said, “Should the members of the public continue to disobey the orders and directives, the state government would be left with no other option than to clampdown on the erring public member(s), or declare a total curfew in the state with aim of enforcement in the orders and directives.”
Similarly, the Plateau State Commissioner for Health, Hon. Dr. Nimkong Lar Ndam has assured the members of the public of the Plateau State government’s readiness to combat the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
He said, “The members of the public should avoid unnecessary panic, the state government has provided adequate isolation centers and ventilators to take care of those with emergency cases, as well as, those tested negative to the virus.”
Hon. Ndam, who gave this assurance, while in audience with REALITY Reporters also in his office at the Joseph Gomwalk Secretariat, in Jos, urged other members of the public, organizations and other private sectors to join hands in supporting the on-going control measures.
Dr. Nimkong Lar Ndam, added that, “The State Government has distributed hand sanitizers and soap to all Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) in the state to aid the staff in observing simple personal hygiene”,