COVID-19: PTF evolves strategy for lockdown implementation

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has pleaded with citizens to comply with the restrictions imposed to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

This is as it revealed that it was working with security chiefs to fine-tune the protocols for implementing the lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Speaking at its daily briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the chairman of the PTF and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF),  Boss Mustapha, who revealed this, reiterated that the restrictions were in the interest of the people.

Recall the President imposed a 14-day lockdown on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states as the impact of COVID-19 widens.

The SGF stated: “The presidential task force has met with the security chiefs to smoothen rough edges of implementation within the first day of implementation and we are working on issuing an appropriate restriction protocol and exemption guidelines, which will guide the subsequent days of restrictions.

“Initial feedback is that there is substantial compliance but, however, there are violations of those restrictions by citizens that we desire to protect. Let me emphasise that the decision to lockdown is to prevent community spread which might be dangerous to manage.

“It can only be done by Nigerians and for Nigerians. So, we use this medium to implore our people and plead with them to please respect and honour restrictions that have been imposed for the good of our people and nation.”

 

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