Olaleye Idowu

President Mohammadu Buhari has urged states within the federation to collaborate more with local government authorities to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grassroots mobilizations and risk communication as it approved the extension of the current phase of the national response to COVID-19 to another four weeks

This disclosure was made public in a press briefing by Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) who is also the secretary to the government of the federation at the nation’s capital and which was monitored by our correspondent on channels Television broadcast yesterday.

Within the next four weeks, Mustapha said state governments and authorities of the Federal Capital Territory would be mandated to enforce non-pharmaceutical measures and intensify measures such as contract tracing.

He said President  Buhari had approved that state governments should be encouraged to collaborate with local government authorities to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grass-roots mobilisation and risk communication; and strengthening of collaboration with other mandate groups at federal/state levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response, on the short, medium and long-term basis.”

The SGF said, “After due consideration of the recommendations, Mr. President approved the following: maintaining the current phase of the national response to COVID-19 for another four weeks in line with the modifications reflected in the report.

“He approved the partnering states and local governments to improve community sensitization and engagement to the COVID-19 response; and mandating state authorities and the FCT to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks in a public appearance and places.

“Recommendations made to President Buhari were borne out of the diligent evaluation of the situation in Nigeria as well as regional and global experiences”.

Mustapha said the major changes being proposed were aimed at achieving the gradual re-opening of international air flights within established parameters; re-opening of rail transport within established parameters; granting permission to exit classes to resume ahead of examinations; allowing civil servants from Grade Level 12 to resume work; opening recreational parks for supervised exercises.

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