This was made open at the National Briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
At the Boss Mustapha, who is the secretary to the government of the federation, said this today, at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19. He said that the federal government decided to extend the flight ban by four weeks after due consultation.
At the briefing, Boss Mustapha said that Nigeria have been ploughing through territories in effort to contain the spread of the coved-19 in the country.
“Guided by the leadership of Mr. President, the National Assembly, the cooperation of the sub-national entities and supported by the sacrificial commitment of our frontline health workers, the media, the private sector, our security agencies, religious, traditional and community leaders, as well as a greater majority of Nigerians; the PTF COVID-19 has been pursuing a multi-sectoral National Response. We deeply appreciate your support in this fight.
Speaking on the briefing of the PTF to the House of Representatives, he said “was very robust and fruitful. The interaction allowed for a comprehensive assessment of the public health situation in Nigeria and we received assurances that necessary synergy would be strengthened and legislative interventions effected. The PTF thanks the leadership and members of the House of Representatives for the guidance and demonstration of leadership in this era of a public health emergency”
Early assessment of the ease of lockdown phase indicate that Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the deadliness and the virulent nature of the COVID-19 and this gives us concerns on the high possibility of increased seeding of the virus to hitherto un-affected persons and populations. Some of these areas of worries include the following;
– Non-compliance with social/physical distancing guidelines evidenced by higher than advised congregation of people in banks, traffic gridlocks especially at entry points to metropolitan areas and disregard of guidelines on carrying capacity of motor vehicles.
– Increased level of inter-state movements worsened by the dubious concealment of people in food carrying vehicles.
– Unhygienic and ill-advised use and sharing of masks especially multiple fittings before buying from vendors.
He called governors to consider the ban imposed by the President as they carry out their plan to move Almajiris. “Our individual and collective safety is in our hands and I re-echo my call and appeal to Nigerians to demonstrate our duty to ourselves and loved ones by minimizing the risk of getting infected by the virus, he said.
“As we continue to push the frontiers of risk communication, I wish to appeal to all Nigerians to be vigilant and desist from taking undue risk. The PTF recognises the challenges earlier encountered at the bank. We however assure you that the Central Bank of Nigeria as well as the Bankers Committee have put in place strategies that would reduce such re-occurrence. I therefore plead with Nigerians to be patient and schedule their physical appearances at banks. On the other hand, I wish to repeat my call to the banks to also quickly address issues related to difficulty with using their on-line platforms, especially, re-validating expired ATM cards amongst others.
Boss Mustapha also call on the leadership of transport unions to enlighten their members on the dangers associated with non-adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines and the Inter-state travel’s ban.