COVID-19: President Buhari orders states to enforce use of face masks

COVID-19: President Buhari orders states to enforce use of face masks

- All state governments in Nigeria have been directed to enforce the wearing of face masks in public places

- The directive was given by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country

- The secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha made the disclosure during a briefing in Abuja

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All state governments in Nigeria have been directed to enforce the wearing of face masks in public places.

The directive was given by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Daily Trust reported.

The secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who also serves as the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 made the disclosure during a briefing in Abuja.

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COVID-19: President Buhari orders states to enforce use of face mask

President Buhari has directed all state governments to enforce the wearing of face masks in public places. Photo credits: Premium Times.
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He said the president has mandated authorities in all Nigerian states to enforce non-pharmaceutical guidelines, primarily the use of face masks in public appearance and places

Mustapha urged state governments to collaborate with local government authorities adopting measures to contain the spread of the disease, such as contact tracing, grassroots mobilisation and risk communication among others.

In another news report, the Nigerian government on Thursday, August 6, announced another four weeks extension of the second phase of the eased COVID-19 lockdown.

The announcement was made by Boss Mustapha in Abuja.

Mustapha said the extension of the current ease of lockdown was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari after the COVID-19 task force on Wednesday, August 5, briefed him about the progress made so far in containing the spread the disease.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court, Oshodi has fined Naira Marley and his manager N100,000 for violating the ban on interstate travels two months ago.

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Recall a month ago, Social media buzz with mixed reactions to Naira Marley's concert in Abuja despite the social distancing order occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent report by Sahara Reporters, the singer was arrested and detained by the Lagos police and subsequently appeared before the Moblie Court where he pleaded guilty to violating the ban.

A statement from the spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, disclosed that the singer was arraigned alongside his manager, Seyi Awouga.

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