By Olivia Isibor, For Agenda Watchdog, May 19, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The gradual easing of COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria has been extended by two weeks, according to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Mr. Boss Mustapha, PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed this on Monday, May 18, 2020, during the routine briefing session of the task force in Abuja.
According to Mr. Mustspha, the decision to extend the lockdown was taken because the country was not yet ready to be reopened for the recommencement of full economic activities, despite the reasonable gains so far made in the war on the virus, adding that a complete relaxation of restrictions might be detrimental to the general well-being of Nigerians and the modest achievements so far recorded by the country.
He added that the extension was also meant to create room for the pursuit of “stricter enforcement and persuasion measures” before fully reopening the country, adding that other segments of the economy had to be adequately prepared to comply with preventive guidelines before full easing of the restriction measures.