The Jigawa Government said it would close its land borders with other states and the neighbouring Niger Republic with effect from Friday, March 27.
Dr Abba Zakar, the state’s Commissioner for Health, who made the disclosure to newsmen in Dutse on Thursday said the state took the decision in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.
“From midnight of Friday, the 27th of March 2020, we will close all our borders linking us with neighbouring states of Bauchi, Kano, Katsina and Yobe.
“However, this does not affect people traveling within the state, that from one local government to another,” he said.
The commissioner said that the the state had reached an arrangement at a meeting with religious leaders that both Muslim and Christian leaders would intensify prayers against the spread of the disease.
According to him, it was also agreed that Chief Imam of congressional (Friday) prayers and Pastors would shorten the time of payers in order to avoid congestion and keeping people staying together for long.
“Chief Imams should shorten the length of their Friday sermons and also recite short verses in order not keep people together for long.
“Also, all social gatherings, including wedding Fatiha, wedding ceremonies, and burial ceremonies, as well as sitting to receive condolences in case of death are suspended,” he said.
Zakari added that in case of wedding Fatiha, only three persons from both the side of the groom and bride are allowed to gather and conduct the marriage contract.
The commissioner, therefore, urged people to maintain personal hygiene, practice regular hand washing with soap, as well as ensure application of sanitisers in order to avoid contracting the disease.