The Presidential Task Force on COVID- 19, yesterday submitted an update on the developments around the pandemic, to President Muhammadu Buhari, as Nigerians expect the decision of the Federal Government ,on when the economy will be thrown open.
This is in fulfillment of the pledge of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha last wee, to Nigerians, that the Task Force would brief the President on how the national response had so far progressed in its assignment.
Mustapha led the team made up of the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehinare, Director General of Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, and National Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19 Dr Aliyu Sani, to the Presidential villa, Abuja.
Answering questions from the media, , Mustapha said what the committee did was to submit the fourth interim report to the President and to appraise him of the progress that has been achieved in the course of the last two weeks of the extension of the eased phase one of the lockdown, and also discuss some of the challenges that the PTF had, as well as suggested what it needs to put in place, going forward.
He said the issue of compliance was also discussed , while the President said appeal should continue to be made to Nigerians to let them know that it is a personal responsibility for each and every one to undertake, to ensure that he keeps himself safe and by extension keeping his family, loved ones and community safe.
He said the PTF was doing everything to ensure that the entire nation was on the same page with one response, adding “it is very important that we realise that no state is an island unto itself, when you deal with public health matters.
“We’ve not reached the peak yet and I won’t want to fool Nigerians by telling them that we are out of the woods. No, we are not out of the woods. As we even open up and accommodate more enterprises, because we are trying to have a balance between livelihoods and life, there’s a likelihood of increase in transmission in cases’’, according to Mustapha.