- The federal government has eased the lockdown in Kano state
- President Muhammadu Buhari had announced total lockdown of the state two weeks ago
- Based on the advice of the Presidential Task Force, the president has eased the lockdown in the commercial capital of northern Nigeria
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The Nigerian government has eased the total lockdown of Kano state over the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was announced by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, June 1.
Mustapha, however, warned that Nigeria is yet to reach the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic infection, advising citizens to brace up for more cases.
Mustapha said the PTF submitted its recommendations and the president approved some changes in the eased lockdown earlier announced.
One of which is “easing the total lockdown of Kano state and introduction of phase one of the eased lockdown.”
“This is still a fight for life and our advancement to phase two does not mean that COVID-19 has ended. It is still potent and highly wasteful of human lives.
“I implore all Nigerians and corporate citizens to take responsibility and play the expected role,” he added.
In a related development, following the plea by some religious leaders in the country, the federal government has announced the relaxation on the ban on religious gatherings from Monday, June 1.
The PTF noted that the decision to reopen worship centres is based on the guidelines and protocols agreed upon by state governments.
The PTF, however, said the ban on inter-state movement in the country remains in force and announced that the curfew imposed on the country will now be from 10.00 pm to 4.00 am.
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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has kicked against the decision to allow states to take responsibility for managing COVID-19 cases in their domain.
Innocent Ujah, president of the NMA, said if governors are allowed to manage cases, many Nigerians would suffer for it.
The NMA president urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to give state governors the power to take full control of managing the pandemic.
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