Easter Celebration: FG Fails to Suspend Lockdown Policy Over COVID-19

By Precise Post

Abuja (Precise Post) – There are clear indications that the Federal Government has no plan to suspend the lockdown policy as Christians prepare for the Easter celebration scheduled to hold from Friday, April 10 to Monday, April 13, 2020.

Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed this this on Thursday during an interactive session with the leadership of the National Assembly, co-chaired by the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, and other principal officers who expressed grave concern over the effects of the lockdown on the socio-economic well-being of the average citizens.

Mr Mustapha, who doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), explained that there was a need to evaluate the effectiveness of the 14 days lockdown on the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the disease across the country.

According to him, the Presidential Task Force Committee is expected to look at the efficiency of the lockdown and hopefully, by the end of tomorrow, we will assess the outcome of the effectiveness of the lockdown and advise Mr President.”

He maintained that the responsibility of the PTF was to recommend while the final decision rests with Mr President.

Mustapha who argued that the Easter holiday falls within the 14-days lockdown declared by the Federal Government in the first instance was uncertain whether the lockdown will be extended or not.

In his earlier presentation, the PTF chairman disclosed that as of 9 am on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, there were 276 recorded cases with six deaths in Nigeria, with the spread reaching nearly half of the states of the federation.

“Lagos, our economic heartbeat is the epicentre with 145 cases – more than half of the total. Globally, countries with more advanced and sophisticated health systems than ours are struggling to deal with the cases in their own lands.

“We can be under no illusion that this case affects all of us, and it is on all of us to play our part in solving this,” he urged.

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