- President Buhari has said Nigeria is not yet ripe for total relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown measures
- The SGF Boss Mustapha explained that any further relaxation of the lockdown would mean grave danger for Nigeria
- Mustapha added that in spite of the progress made so far, Nigeria is not yet ready to fully open its economy
Following the extension of the eased lockdown directive in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the country is not yet ripe for a relaxation of measures taken against the spread of COVID-19.
According to The Nation, Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) revealed this on Monday, May 18, during the task force daily briefing.
Legit.ng gathered that Mustapha noted that the president’s decision to extend the lockdown by another two weeks was based on the realization that any further relaxation of the lockdown measures would mean grave danger for the nation.
The SGF while speaking on the review of the current measures which was introduced two weeks ago, observed that despite the efforts Nigeria was not ripe yet for a full opening of the economy.
He added that necessary sacrifices must be made in the interest of Nigerians despite the progress that has been made so far.
“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,” he said.
This development is coming as the PTF on COVID-19 extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks across the nation.
This was disclosed by the PTF chairman during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja. According to him, President Buhari took the decision based on the recommendations of the PTF.
He added that the guidelines issued for relaxing the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the federal capital territory (FCT) will be maintained for the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Lagos state government is considering the full reopening of its economy which has been under partial lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a statement on Sunday, May 17, said that the government was considering full re-opening of the critical sectors of its economy, even though the move will not be pushed in a hurry.
He disclosed that in the coming days, the government would be rolling out a register-to-open initiative as part of the plans that would enable it to assess the level of readiness of the players in the identified sectors for supervised operations.
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