Although some states are planning to
reopen schools and other public places from next month in July, the President
Task Force on Covid-19 has advised against such action coming from states with
such intentions saying it is not yet safe to do so.
Chairman of PTF/Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who gave the warning
yesterday in Abuja, said the task force received reports that some states were
contemplating the re-opening of schools, television viewing centres, sports
stadia and other public places.
He said, “The PTF re-emphasizes that it
is not yet safe to do so and that utmost caution should be exercised. The PTF
guideline should still be complied with while considering the decision of this
Mustapha disclosed that in the course
of monitoring compliance across the nation, PTF observed an escalation of the
level of non-compliance to keep physical distance, wear masks in public places,
sanitation and hygiene, especially in markets, motor parks and some places of
According to him, PTF has already
issued guidelines for a mode of operations at places of worship, urging state’s
to embark on community testing.
His words, “We wish to re-emphasise
that all relaxed measures are still subject to review and advisories issued are
for personal and public safety purposes. The breach of the ban on interstate
travels is also a point of concern.
“The PTF appeals to state governments
to embark on wider community testing, enforce rules on social distancing, step
up community engagement and risk communication as well as pay attention to
places of large gatherings. We also appeal to security agencies to enforce the
ban on inter-state travels very strictly.”
The SGF noted that in line with the
revised protocols, the evacuation of Nigerians stranded abroad had resumed,
adding that the country received 269 Nigerians from India and 102 from Egypt.
All the evacuees tested negative before
boarding the plane and would be re-tested within 72-hours of arrival in Nigeria,