President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the transition of the Presidential Task Force-PTF on COVID-19 to Presidential Steering Committee-PSC on COVID-19 effective from April 1, this year, with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent status of COVID-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic.
The Chairman PTF and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, announced the restructuring in Abuja at the PTF press briefing, adding that the tenure of the PSC shall end on December 31, 2021.
According to him, the structure of the PSC would reflect the new focus of the response with a targeted approach on vaccine oversight, risk communication, international travel quarantine processes and sub-national engagement.
He added that the PSC would maintain the present constitution, functions and strategies of the PTF and is to be supported by a slim technical and administrative structure. Reports say the new mandate to the PTF followed the submission of the report to the President after the expiration of the three months’ mandate extension granted to it.
It would be recalled that the President had on December 22, 2020 received the end of the year report of the PTF and authorized the extension of the mandate of the body by three months.
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