- President Buhari has agreed to extend the lifespan of the COVID-19 presidential task force
- Boss Mustapha, the PTF chairman, made the announcement on Thursday, September 3, at the daily briefing
- According to Mustapha, the task force has been extended to the end of December 2020
Following the federal government's adjustments to the nationwide curfew due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lifespan of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Boss Mustapha, the PTF chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), disclosed this on Thursday, September 3, at the daily briefing of the task force, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that the taskforce which was supposed to wind down on Thursday, September 17, has been extended to the end of December 2020.
Mustapha speaking during the PTF’s news briefing said the aim of the extension was to sustain a strong national response and to ensure that Nigeria successfully navigates the community spread stage of COVID-19.
The SGF went on to note that the PTF would improve community sensitisation on the response and maintaining current interventions nationwide by engaging with states and local governments.
He also said the presidential task force would work with the state governments and local governments to intensify the necessary measures as well as strengthen the collaboration between the federal and state organs to harmonise Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, in the short, medium and long-term basis.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian government gave approval to the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to start making preparations for the reopening of orientation camps nationwide.
The approval was given by the PTF on COVID-19 on Thursday, September 3.
Dr. Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the task force said the government was developing strict measures to ensure there is no outbreak of COVID-19 infections when NYSC camps reopen.
In a related development, the federal government has approved the full reopening of schools across the country for the commencement of the new academic session.
The directive was given at the PTF briefing. Aliyu, who directed the schools to conduct a risk assessment, said the reopening would be done in phases.
He said: “For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase."
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