- The federal government says state governments will take the lead in the fight against the COVID-19
- The disclosure was made by Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19
- Mustapha stated that local governments will play an important role in checking the spread of the virus
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has disclosed that the next stage in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic would be driven by state governments.
The chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure on Sunday evening, May 31, shortly after a meeting with Buhari, The Nation reports.
… “I can assure you about one thing, that the ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states and the national supervision and coordination because we have gone into community transmission," he said.
Mustapha noted that the local government, the traditional institutions, and religious leaders will play an important role in checking the spread of the virus.
Mustapha also revealed the next line of action by the PTF would depend on the orders from Buhari after he must have considered the recommendations put before him by the PTF.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari held a meeting with members of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Sunday, May 31 at his residence, in the State House, Abuja.
This was revealed in a tweet by the personal assistant to President Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad who shared photos from the meeting via his Twitter account @BashirAhmaad.
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The PTF delegation was led to the presidential villa by Boss Mustapha, the chairman of the task force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
According to a report by Channels TV, the COVID-19 task force is expected to submit a report on the second phase of the eased lockdown to President Buhari.
Meanwhile, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) revealed the major reason why the number of confirmed infected persons is increasing.
The agency in a tweet on Tuesday, May 26, said the only reason coronavirus cases are going up is because we do not take responsibility by following partial lockdown guidelines the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) put in place.
The NOA went to urge Nigerians to follow the preventive guidelines and instructions in order to stay safe.
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