- FG said all hands must be on deck to avoid another lockdown
- The warning was issued following alleged negligence of Nigerians towards COVID-19 safety protocols across the country
- PTF chairman Boss Mustapha said Nigerians must "do everything possible" while striking a balance between "lives and livelihood"
The federal government has issued a clear message on the possibility of imposing another lockdown following disregards towards the safety protocols issued on COVID-19.
Speaking during a media briefing on Tuesday, January 19, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 through its chairman Bosss Mustapha lamented low compliance to the safety protocols by Nigerians.
Mustapha said since schools resumed on Monday, January 18, there has been a clear disregard for the federal government's directives on the deadly virus, This Day reports.
He stressed that to avoid the second lockdown, "citizens must keep their hands on deck" while striking a balance between "lives and livelihood."
“Let me remind you that the pandemic is raging and all tiers of government and citizens must keep their hands on deck.
“We are in a difficult situation in which a balance must continue to be struck between lives and livelihood.
“We are considering all options while hoping that broad cooperation will be received. We must do everything possible to avoid a second lockdown in Nigeria.”
Nigeria presently has total 113,305 cases of coronavirus as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday, January 19, announced 1,301 new cases with Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) leading the packs with 551 and 201 infections respectively.
1464 deaths have been recorded according to the official data of the national disease control agency.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that despite the order made on Thursday, January 14, for the resumption of all private and public schools across the country on January 18, the federal government said it was against the decision.
Speaking at the media briefing of the PTF on COVID-19, on Monday, January 18, the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, said the federal government did not agree with the states on the resumption date.
The minister, who noted that the PTF would monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, said schools' resumption could be reviewed again.
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