COVID-19: FG Extends Ease Of Lockdown, Movement Restrictions By Two Weeks

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COVID-19: FG Extends Ease Of Lockdown, Movement Restrictions By Two Weeks

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the immediate extension of the gradual easing of lockdown and movement restrictions in the country by two weeks.

This disclosure was made by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, noting that the Federal Government has further extended  the gradual easing of a five-week lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun state. 

The extension of the ongoing restriction will be effective from 12 midnight today (May 18 to June 1).

“Ladies and gentlemen, the reality is that in spite of the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.

“Any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace.

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

”Based on the recommendations of the PTF, Mr President has approved the following:

”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 00 midnight today (18th May 2020 to 1st June 2020)” Mr Mustapha said

President Buhari had on April 27 announced the gradual easing of a five-week lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun state. The lockdown was eased to a nationwide night curfew (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from May 4 to May 17.

That nationwide curfew and a ban on interstate travel are what Mr Mustapha said will continue from tonight

Earlier, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, 

 debunked reports that President Muhammadu Buhari will be addressing Nigerians today (Monday).

Adesina announced this on his Twitter handle, @FemAdesina following the first phase of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Adesina said there will be no presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today, stressing that none was planned.

He added that the Presidential Task Force will, during its daily briefing, bring the nation to speed on the next steps to follow, stressing, no presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today.

He also said that none was planned, rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps”.

Adesina’s  Tweet read; “No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps.”