The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said that the President Muhammadu Buhari's decision increase the relieved lockdown to another two weeks is to try and contain the spread of coronavirus, before the economy is fully opened.
Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force of the COVID-19, stated this on Tuesday during the daily media briefing.
The first stage of the eased lockdown expired on Monday, May 18.
The President Muhammadu Buhari, has increased the lockdown by another two weeks until June 1.
Mustapha called Schools, places of worship, businesses, offices, etc to use this period to plan and adopt new policies under a COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines.
According to Mustapha, the decision to reopen the economy slowly, is based on "Current experiences from different countries and expert advice”.
He said ''Again, I wish to repeat that the decision is not punitive, we share your pains and also share your concerns. However, our future remains in our hands and compliance is one of the keys to opening that future.
“I must also emphasise that the two additional weeks should be utilized by businesses, offices, professional bodies, places of worship, educational institutions, etc awaiting reopening to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines.
“Above all, behavioral change is a must for every citizen because COVID 19 has changed the world completely.”
On Tuesday night, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed and announced 226 new cases.
Bringing the total score in the country to 6,401.
Source: Daily Post