- The PTF has seized to exist as the official governing body in charge of the management of COVID-19 in Nigeria
- The group has been replaced with the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC)
- President Buhari who carried out the replacement ordered that the new committee will expire by Friday, December 31
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With the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for COVID-19 will henceforth operate as the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC).
In a press briefing on Tuesday, April 6, the chairman of the defunct PTF, Boss Mustapha, said the transition to the PSC took effect from Thursday, April 1, Channels TV reports.
A report by The Nation quoted Mustapha to have revealed that the new committee will operate till the end of 2021.
He went on to explain that the committee will function with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent stage of the pandemic in the country.
However, Mustapha noted that with the current global reports, a challenging phase of the disease might emerge at any time.
Also, Mustapha disclosed that Mukhtar Muhammad, the former National Incident Manager (NIM) of the PTF, has taken over from the national coordinator, Sani Aliyu.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government on Tuesday, April 6, got a batch of 100,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses from India.
The disclosure was made in Abuja by Mustapha who is also the Secretary-General of the Federation (SGF).
Mustapha said the gesture from India will boost the vaccination exercise in Nigeria by increasing the number of persons to take the jab by at least 50,000.
In a similar development, the same newspaper said the Kogi government has commenced the vaccination in the state about one month after the country started the administration of the jab.
The commissioner for health in Kogi, Haruna Saka, promised residents that while nobody will be exempted from the exercise, the state government will not force anyone to take the vaccine.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government had released a list of 88 health facilities that were expected to provide the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in 20 local government areas.
This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi on Tuesday, March 16.