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“Gradual ease of lockdown” has been extended by two weeks – President Buhari2 min read

FG said today, that the recent order of President Buhari on gradual ease of lockdown will remain in force for another two (2) weeks.


The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.


The President had on April 27, announced a “phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states“, while declaring a nationwide curfew with effect from May 4.


READ ALSO: See Guidelines and Recommendations for the Re-opening of The Nigerian Economy.


He also ordered a ban on all inter-state movements.

Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria was 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 likely pose grave danger to our populace”.


“​Furthermore, the current phase of eased and gradual restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued.

“This two (2) weeks extension of Phase One of the eased restriction is to enable other segments of the economy to prepare for compliance with the guidelines, prior to re-opening in the coming weeks.”


For the avoidance of doubt, the SGF added that “Mr President has approved the following: (i) ​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 midnight today (18th May, 2020 to 1st June, 2020)


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

(iii) ​elevating the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions;

“(iv)​ Maintain the existing lockdown order in Kano for an additional two weeks;

“(v) ​Imposition of precision lockdown in states, or 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


“(vi)​ 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

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