There are signs that President Muhammadu Buhari may give the order to further reduce restrictions on lockdown which has been in place since the beginning of the outbreak. this may happen based on the recommendations of the presidential task force.
Nigerians may now be able to go on to the next stage of easing the lockdown after it was postponed two weeks ago.
Chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, took his team to submit the PTF’s assessment report of the last easement of the lockdown and made recommendations on how to further improve the situation.
After the meeting was held at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, he hinted that the economy will be open further if President Buhari gives his approval to the recommendations the task force has made.
He was asked if there will be any hope of restarting the economy, he replied: “Well, we have begun. The first phase and the extension that came with it, major parts of the economy was allowed to continue like agricultural production, people that produce fertiliser, and the oil and gas industry which the government never closed for one day.
The transportation of oil products, refining and prospecting never stopped since the beginning of the lockdown and some aspects of the financial sector was allowed to open.
He further went on to say after they get Mr President’s approval today, they will know which segments of the economy will be allowed to open.
He also explained that the PTF has met with the president to submit its fourth interim report and Mr. President will be briefed on the progress made in the last two weeks as well as the challenges.
Mr. Mustapha said the task force had given recommendations on the measures to be put in place going forward.
He also said that Kogi and Cross River states, which have said they don’t have any case of Covid19 in their states, will be made to understand the importance of working in line with the national response, so that there will be a unified national approach in the fight against Covid19.
Mr. Mustapha noted that, It is important that they understand that no man is an island when it comes to matters of public health, and anything that happens in a particular community will face the consequences of spreading to other communities.
He finally said everybody must be on board in the fight against Covid19 and the people of the two states should stop being in denial and help in the fight.
He concluded by saying the different responses from all the communities in the states should be harmonised and have everybody to be on the same page.