- The federal government has revealed why many Nigerians use face masks, and it not because of their safety
- According to the FG, a number of people use masks just to avoid security agents
- Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the PTF, said many people do not comply with the government directive on COVID-19
- Aliyu, however, said that anybody who fails to use face mask will be arrested and prosecuted
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Following the rising cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has decried the lack of adherence to government measures designed to halt the virus.
Channels TV reports that the national coordinator of the PTF, Sani Aliyu, said on Monday, June 22, that based on observations from a national sensitisation programme, many Nigerians are “letting down their guard.”
Legit.ng gathered that Aliyu noted that despite the increase in cases and the likelihood of contracting the virus, many Nigerians were paying less and no attention to health guidelines.
He added that the PTF would continue to collaborate with security agencies and state governments to ensure the guidelines are obeyed while enjoining citizens to play their part.
“There are also many myths that also continue to exist within the social media platforms, ranging from conspiracy theories to get-rich-quick to claims of treatment of herbal concoctions, all of which appear to be putting our sensitisation efforts at risk," Aliyu said.
Aliyu also noted that criminalising the non-use of face masks had become necessary in view of the laxity of Nigerians to all the protocols introduced to stem the escalation of the pandemic in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government warned the state governments against the reopening of schools because of pressure from the children and parents.
It was reported that the minister of state for education, Chukwuemaka Nwajiuba, who spoke on Monday, June 22, while reacting to questions at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, also said the Federal Ministry of Education did not give Oyo state any guidance to reopen schools.
In another report, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Sunday, June 21, confirmed 436 new cases of the disease as the total number of cases in Nigeria rose to 20, 244.
The NCDC revealed that 35 states and Abuja have confirmed cases of coronavirus.
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