related FG extends dusk-to-dawn curfew for another two weeks

FG extends dusk-to-dawn curfew for another two weeks

The federal government of Nigeria has extended the current lockdown measures in the federal capital territory (FCT), Ogun and Lagos states for another two weeks.

This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on Monday.

The SGF said the current phase of ease of the lockdown is to be maintained effective from today, 18th May to 1st June, 2020.

“The reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority," he said.

“Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace. Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.”

"Specific directives have been issued to security agents to ensure adherence to the guidelines, especially adherence to the curfew, ban on interstate movement and use of face mask.

"The measures put in place yielded results and require consolidation," he added.

According to the SGF, President Muhammadu Buhari took the decision based on the recommendations of the PTF.

He listed six steps approved by Buhari as follows:

“The measures, exemptions, advisories and scope of entities allowed to reopen under phase one of the eased locked down, shall be maintained across the federation for another two weeks effective from 12 00 midnight today (18th May, 2020 to 1st June, 2020).

“Intensifying efforts to “tell (communicate), trace (identify) and treat (manage)’ cases;

“Elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions;

“Maintain the existing lockdown order in Kano for an additional two weeks;

“​Imposition of precision lockdown in states, or in metropolitan/high-burden LGAs, that are reporting a rapidly increasing number of cases, when the need arises. This would be complemented with the provision of palliatives and continued re-evaluation of the impact of the interventions; and

“Aggressive scale up of efforts to ensure that communities are informed, engaged and participating in the response with enhanced public awareness in high risk states.”

This means that the 8pm to 6am curfew and ban on interstate travels imposed by President Buhari and still remains for another two weeks.

Also at the briefing, the Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, said Lagos, Kano and Borno account for 52% of COVID19 related deaths in the country- Minister of State for Health.

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