- FG said it will involve the security operatives in the supervision of guidelines attached to the ease of lockdown
- At the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19 on Wednesday, Dr Aliyu Sani expressed worry over the low level of compliance in Lagos and other states
- Sani noted that Nigeria's readiness to move out of coronavirus pandemic will depend on the cooperation of its citizens nationwide
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The federal government said it will ask the security operatives to ensure total compliance with the guidelines on the ease of lockdown in some parts of the country as business activities partially become active.
Legit.ng recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari relaxed the lockdown measures imposed on Lagos, Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja beginning from Monday, May 4.
The president made this known in a nationwide broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, April 27, after the end of a one-month lockdown since Monday, March 30, citing the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, various federal government committees and the Nigeria Governors Forum.
But speaking on Wednesday, May 6, in Abuja during the PTF on Covid-19 briefing, Dr Aliyu Sani, national coordinator of the team, expressed worry over the level of non-compliance with the new guideline on lockdown.
"The PTF continues to be very concerned about the level of compliance with the eased lockdown guidelines that we introduced last week across the country but most especially in Lagos," Sani said
“There is a very good reason why the PTF eased the lockdown last week. It was partly because we wanted to provide an opportunity to cushion Nigerians and by extension, opportunities for business to re-establish some economic activities towards the gradual re-opening of the Nigerian economy."
Sani also said the security agencies will be deployed to ensure that the guidelines on the ease of the lockdown are maintained by Nigerians.
"We have called on state security agencies and state structures to provide support and supervision that will ensure compliance to the eased lockdown guidelines.
"In this regard, we are appealing strongly to the public to cooperate with the state security agencies in the interest of public safety,” he further noted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari was urged by the PDP caucus in the House of Representatives to extend the COVID-19 lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun state for another two weeks, starting from Monday, May 4.
The leader of the caucus, Kinsley Chinda in a statement on Sunday, May 3, faulted the decision of the federal government to relax the lockdown from Monday, May 4.
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