The Nasarawa State government on Wednesday banned the operations of all commercial motorcycles and tricycles throughout the state to control and contain the spread of COVID-19.
The ban order was contained in the government’s Proclamation No.4, issued and signed by the Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule.
The order equally restricted the use of private motorcycle to only one passenger per motorcycle and this is applicable only in other parts of the state not placed on total lockdown.
The proclamation further directed all security personnel, government functionaries and traditional rulers, to ensure full compliance with the order, stressing that security patrols will be intensified to ensure full compliance, even as it warned that defaulters will be prosecuted in accordance with the law.
The proclamation reads in part, “It has become necessary to take these measures as a result of the continued violation, by commercial motorcycle operators, of the restriction on human and vehicular movement and total lockdown of Karu Local Government Area, as well as curfew imposed in all urban centres of the state between the hours of 8pm and 6am daily.”
Governor Sule said that the proclamation was in line with the powers conferred on him, pursuant to Paragraph 7 of the Nasarawa State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020, adding that “it has become imperative to issues these directives in order to protect the citizens of the state.”
He added, “The issuance of this restriction remains necessary to protect the citizens of the state from the possibility of contracting the disease from infiltrators and to minimize the potential for spread.”