- Some state governors have been accused of frustrating the fight against COVID-19 in the country
- The proclamation was given by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19
- The PTF was reacting to the news that some state governors are lifting the ban on congregational and ‘Eid’ prayers
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The federal government has accused some state governors of frustrating the fight against COVID-19.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the assertion on Thursday, May 21 at the daily press briefing of the PTF.
Mustapha was reacting to the news that some governors have announced the lifting of the ban on congregational and ‘Eid’ prayers.
The PTF chairman cautioned governors to rethink their decision to lift the ban on congregations, adding that the coronavirus pandemic was still much with us.
Mustapha said: “I’m particular about congregational gatherings. Large gatherings will expose even the 20 persons that we want to protect.
“We want our sub-nationals government to really reconsider their decisions on allowing large gatherings to take place until when we have been fully prepared and we can adjudge that the moment has come for that to be allowed.”
He said at the virtual meeting of the National Economic Council with the vice president and all the governors earlier in the day, the issue of alignment of their state-level actions with the guidelines issued was emphasised.
“Particularly, I underscored the need for the governors to provide personal and strong leadership, carry the policy of community ownership to the grassroots and create deeper awareness.
“The governors were also advised on the decision taken by some of their colleagues to permit large gatherings as such decisions could inadvertently endanger the elderly, the sick and those with underlying factors during such gatherings.
“The strong advisory from the PTF is that large gatherings beyond 20 persons remain prohibited and should be adhered to,” he said.
On his part, the PTF national coordinator, Sani Aliyu said governors will henceforth own the response as the centre will not continue to drive the process.
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