Following the rising cases of the coronavirus in the state, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed on Thursday, ordered a lockdown of the state, beginning from Sunday, April 26.
Also as part of the partial lockdown, the governor announced that congregational prayers including Friday Muslim payers and church services remain suspended beginning from Thursday, April 23.
In a surprise move, Governor Mohammed also banned commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada and almajiri, saying they would cease to operate in the state as they pose serious health challenges in the outbreak of COVID19.
The governor in a statewide broadcast also directed the suspension of all markets activities in the state except essential food items such as grain, vegetables.
Others he said included departmental stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets.
The governor, who said that his administration has come up with a robust template to sustain the partial lockdown, also banned Muslim Friday Congregational prayers, church services, parties, birthday celebration, night clubs, and other social services.
The governor, who said that the partial lockdown would have a human face, announced that market activities would, however, be allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2:00 pm.
For the Ramadan, the governor who promised that administration would sponsor all Tafsir programmes on radio and television, enjoined Muslims to stay at home.
He advised that all physical prayer during the Ramadan, including Tafsir, Tarawig (night prayers), Tahajut are banned saying that Muslim faithful should remain at home and observed them by maintaining social distancing.
On the ban on commercial motorcyclists, Governor Mohammed promised to establish a scheme for operators to cushion the effects, adding that a revolving find would be created to enable them to purchase commercial tricycles to remain in business.
The governor disclosed that the administration would use the NYSC Wailo camp as isolation centre for almajiri where efforts would be made to establish contacts with their parents and guardian.