- No Nigerian government official is allowed to travel unnecessarily for meetings until further notice
- This was announced by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, in Abuja
- The SGF also urged members of the political class to exercise extreme caution in their gatherings
Following the high number of VIPs who have contracted coronavirus, the federal government has banned all unnecessary travels for meetings by government officials until further notice.
The move was announced by the secretary to the government of the federation and chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, July 13, in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
Mustapha, speaking at the joint national briefing of the task force went on to state that until further notice government or board meetings should be conducted virtually especially where participants exceed more than 4 people.
The chairman of the presidential task force also noted that Nigerians must remain vigilant and play their part as the deadly virus would not go away if people refuse to keep safe.
According to the SGF, the decision to suspend travels was part of the outcome of the task force mid-term Review of the National Response Strategy.
Mustapha also advised members of the political class that for whatever reasons they need to gather to exercise extreme caution.
“To this end, all government offices shall continue to hold virtual meetings in their offices especially where participants exceed four persons and suspend all unnecessary travels for meetings.
“For corporate organisations, board members, among others, the reopening of the domestic flights should not be misconstrued.
“The PTF strongly encourages virtual meetings as well; we still urge places of worship to cautiously follow the guidelines on public gatherings, and we urge members of the political class to exercise utmost circumspection in their gathering for whatever reasons,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government expressed worry over the rising positive cases of the virus among people in positions of authority.
The federal government expressed its concern through the PTF on COVID-19 led by Mustapha.
Speaking on Monday, July 6, at a press briefing by the PTF, Mustapha described the situation as a threat to national security and governance.
The SGF charged all Nigerians to be vigilant, adding that recent developments had confirmed that COVID-19 does not discriminate or respect positions.
In other news, the federal government has said that in order to address the testing deficit in Nigeria, it plans to establish one sample collection centre in every local government area in the country.
Already, a sample collection centre has been set up in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and that all government hospitals in the FCT have been designated as sample collection centres.
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