President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the phased easing of the lockdown in the country by two weeks starting from yesterday Monday May 18th, just as he specifically noted that Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the country. The president also extended the total lockdown in Kano by another two weeks.
The presidential taskforce chairman, Boss Mustapha disclosed the president’s latest directives during the daily presidential taskforce on COVID-19 briefing. Mustapha noted that the federal government, after appraising the country’s first phase of easing of lockdown, recorded rampant pockets of noncompliance, while urging the citizenry to take better responsibility in the COVID-19 situation.
Mustapha noted that exemptions allowed after the phase-one easing of lockdown, especially smooth running of agricultural activities, are still in force to secure the country’s food sufficiency.
The presidential taskforce observed there is still more to be done even though the measures put in place by government has gradually slowed down the spread of the virus, noting that the healthcare system has been better equipped to cater for most of the recorded cases.
According to Mustapha, the curfew measures, ban on interstate travels and use of facemasks directives from the first phase of easing of lockdown, are still in force, while simultaneously commending and urging Nigerians to continue adhering to safety guidelines, so that normalcy can be quickly restored in the country.
By Saviour Robert
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