Buhari Urges Governors To Work With PTF On COVID - 19 - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, May 18, 2020

Buhari Urges Governors To Work With PTF On COVID - 19

...Extends Lockdown By 2 more Weeks

... Says Nigeria Not Ripe To Open The Economy Amid Pandemic

Jane Okafor, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised  Governors to work closely with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, to engender better harmony in the daunting task of checking the pandemic. 

Buhari, however,  extended the eased lockdown measures for another two weeks.

He said the decision to extend the Lockdown was predicated on the realisation of the fact that any further relaxation of measures adopted to check  the spread of COVID-19 would portend grave danger for the nation

Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, Mr Boss Mustapha, made this known  during the Monday’s daily press briefing by the task force.

Mustapha said since the last two weeks when the current measures were instituted, it has been  observed that despite the efforts, Nigeria was not ripe yet for a full opening of the economy.

He explained that all necessary sacrifices must be made in the interest of Nigerians.

According to him, President Buhari had ordered that the current level of eased lockdown should be repeated from midnight of Monday, May 18 to June 1, 2020, this would include the 8pm to 6am nationwide curfew that had since been in force.

Also, while speaking earlier during an online meeting same Monday with the Governors’ Forum,  said that the PTF had briefed him on next steps in the national response to the pandemic,“and I have directed that they work very closely with the Governors.”

President Buhari said the pandemic was “beyond technology, power, and resources,” noting that countries that had all those, were recording highest casualties round the world.

“We have to be very careful. We need to continue to educate and persuade the people to accept the reality of the situation, and do all that is necessary to stay safe,” the President said.

The meeting also discussed economic and security issues, among others, with the Governors commending the President on the “leadership and direction” he has given the country in combating COVID-19, according to Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President(Media and Publicity).

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