PTF Urges Nigerians to Avoid Second Lockdown

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PTF Urges Nigerians to Avoid Second Lockdown
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, has admonished Nigerians to intensify efforts to avoid a second lockdown due to COVID-19 in the country.

He disclosed this on Monday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-10 in Abuja.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said this can be done by strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines released by the government.

He also said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had been authorised to immediately implement the 450 tests per local government plan.

He said, “We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received. We must do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in Nigeria.”

According to Mustapha, the PTF would publish the next list of 100 defaulters very soon, stressing that, there was a strong multi-sectoral approach to the activities, decisions and engagement of the PTF with institutions of government and the public sector.

He said, “The PTF has also authorised the NCDC to immediately implement the 450 tests per LGA plan, nationwide, immediately.

“We are aware that states are not on the same pedestal in the area of testing and we shall begin with states that are in the forefront of resourcing and infrastructure.”

The PTF chairman urged all states where schools had resumed to ensure compliance to non-pharmaceutical interventions to avoid the escalation of COVID-19 cases.

He said, “While we note that several states have proceeded with the resumption of schools, the PTF recommends strongly that very strict adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions should be enforced by the states to avoid the escalation of cases,” Mustapha stressed.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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