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President Buhari may authorize further easing of the lockdown imposed on the country to contain the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.

Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, led the delegation of the committee to meet with the President, as the first phase of two weeks of easing of the lockdown ends today.

“After we receive Mr. President’s approval tonight or tomorrow morning, we will now know which segments of the economy he has allowed for opening.”

He explained that the PTF met the president to submit its fourth interim report and apprise him of the progress made in the last two weeks as well as the challenges.

Mustapha said the task force has suggested the measures to be put in place going forward.

He also hinted that Kogi and Cross River states, which have claimed that there is no Covid-19 in their territories, will be pressed to understand the imperative of tagging along with the national response.

Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has said state governments, community and religious leaders will be responsible for the next phase of battle against COVID-19.

Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, said the decision was due to the fact that Nigeria was currently experiencing community infection.

The SGF made the disclosure after he and members of the task force met President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Mustapha disclosed that the Federal Government will only provide supervision and coordination, going further.

The SGF said: “It is important that they realize that no man is and island when you deal with public health matters, that whatever happens in a particular locality has the consequences of skidding off to other constituencies.

“That is the message that we continue to drive in our pursuit of getting everybody to be on board. And I can assure you that there is no island as far as Covid-19 is concerned in this country.

“We must integrate the different responses from all the communities in the states and have everybody to be on the same page.

“We will continue to pursue that and we will also ensure that it happens. I can assure you that.”

He said: “The ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states because we have gone into community transmission.

“Where are the communities? The communities are in the states. So, the ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states, the local government, the traditional institutions, the religious leaders at the different levels of our communities, because that is where the problem is.”

Statistics by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, showed that the country now has 10,162 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This followed the confirmation of 307 new cases.

President Buhari being briefed by PTF members

There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may authorise further easing of the lockdown imposed on the country to contain the spread of COVID-19 following his receipt, on Sunday, of recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on the pandemic.

The country may now be able to move to the second stage of ease of lockdown after it was postponed two weeks ago.

Chairman of the task force and Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, led his team to submit the PTF’s assessment report of the last ease of the lockdown and made recommendations on the way forward.

There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari may authorise further easing of the lockdown imposed on the country to contain the spread of Covid-19 following his receipt, on Sunday, of recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on the pandemic.

The country may now be able to move to the second stage of ease of lockdown after it was postponed two weeks ago.

Chairman of the task force and Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, led his team to submit the PTF’s assessment report of the last ease of the lockdown and made recommendations on the way forward. (Nigerian Tribune)


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