Jubilation as FG Reopens Schools, Resumes flights, Lift Ban on Interstate Travels ~ Matters Arising
The Federal Government has announced the reopening of schools, resumption of domestic flights, enable interstate travels so a long way it is now notoutside curfew time.
Chairman of the Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, introduced this Monday’s briefing of the PTF. He stated this follows after President Muhammadu Buhari viewed and permitted the 5th Interim Report of the PTF, with the exception of some changes to be expatiated upon later.
He stated in the Report the PTF especially reviewed the troubles round the everyday level of compliance with prescribed measures, whilst taking word of the following: “Implications of the lack of common place compliance with measures; the world and domestic trends particularly in the place of rising statistics; and the persisted restrictions in the schooling and transportation sectors as well as for things to do that entice mass gatherings such as operations of markets, worship centres and entertainment.
“In doing the foregoing, the PTF viewed the want for the continuation of the coverage of placing the subtlestability between lives and livelihood as well as inputs obtained from special stakeholder groups.”Mustapha added that: The Phase Two of the eased lockdown be prolonged with the aid of some other 4weeks with impact from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 thruMidnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.
“Specifically, however, the following measures shall both continue to be in place or come into effect:
“Maintaining the contemporary segment of the national response, for another 4 weeks in line with changes to be expatiated via the National Coordinator;
“Permission of motion throughout State borders solely outside curfew hours with impact from 1st July, 2020;
“Enforcement of legal guidelines round non-pharmaceutical interventions via States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places; “Safe re-opening of schools to permit students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparationfor examinations;
“Safe reopening of domestic aviation offerings as quickly as practicable;
“Publication of revised recommendations round the three thematic areas of common movement, enterprise and labour; and neighborhood activities;
“Provision of technical assist for states to mobilise extra assets for the response;
“Strengthening partnerships with States, Local Governments, normal rulers, community/religious leaders and civil society to make certain acceleratedpublic recognition and compliance with preventive guidelines;
“Encouraging State governments to empower Local Government Authorities to intensify contact tracing efforts and make sure more suitable grassroots mobilisation to help the response;
“Encourage States and Hospital authorities to make sure continuity of different fitness offerings to stopfatalities from different life-threatening stipulationsat some stage in the COVID-19 pandemic; and
“Deepening of collaboration with different mandate companies at States/Federal ranges to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response in the short, medium and lengthy terms.
“The National Coordinator will in due directionannounce and submit the small print of the revised tips whilst applicable MDAs along with Education, Transportation and Aviation will respectively seek advice from in addition with stakeholders and problem suggestions for their sectors.”