Amid COVID-19; FG Mulls Shutting Down Motor Parks Banning Interstate Travels


The Federal Government has disclosed a plan to shutdown Motor parks and also banned interstate travels in an effort to forestall the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed disclosed this while briefing newsmen during a press briefing in Abuja today.

The Minister revealed this as part of the plan by the Federal government as its precautionary measures to arrest the dreaded coronavirus from spreading in the country.

Mr Mohammed said the Federal Government is determined to ensure that all Nigerians are safeguarded against the COVID-19 and remain safe.

In his statement which partly reads; “Gentlemen, I don’t intend to sound apocalyptic.

But the truth is that time is running out. If we don’t urgently and more aggressively enforce the measures I have just listed, we have a short window within which to stop this pandemic or face an explosion in terms of the cases. We cannot afford to be complacent.

“In view of this, we are considering tougher measures to enforce compliance, stop the exportation of the disease to states that do not have it and minimize spread.

“These possible measures include, Stopping inter-state/inter-town travels, except for essential services.

The Minister further explained that closing all motor parks and inter-state travel has become necessary including rail stations.

Already, all train movements nationwide have been stopped.

“Using fire fighting equipment and other adaptable vehicles and personnel to fumigate cities and towns is underway, he said.”

Meanwhile, at present, the number of cases of infected persons has increased to 51.