10 things SGF Boss Mustapha said when Nigerian govt lifted ban on interstate travel


The Federal Government has lifted the interstate movement put in place months back.

The chairman of Covid-19 PTF and Secretary to the Federal Government Boss Mustapha disclosed this during the daily briefing after meeting with President Muhammdu Buhari.

CANDIIDONLINE reports that the interstate ban was imposed following the break out of Corona Virus as a precaution to control the spread of the deadly virus.

There had been insinuations on when the Presidential Task Force Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic would lift the ban on the closure of schools, worship centres and other public gatherings following the increase in the cases or corona virus infected victims.

Here are the 10 things SGF Boss Mustapha said as reflected in the full text of his speech while briefing President Muhammadu Buhari and the ban on interstate travel was lifted.

1. The PTF identified the underlisted areas of concern that would require attention under the on-going restrictions:
i. International travel;
ii. Entertainment activities;
iii. Educational services/sector; and
iv. Public and Private Sector offices.

2. The PTF concluded that the extension of phase two of the eased lockdown will be needed to:
i. consolidate the gains in the areas of the economy that have restarted,
ii. Ensure better compliance with the health-based response;
iii. Support the states in enforcing guidelines and protocols as well as strengthening the LGAs build community level structures of ownership and effective risk communication; and
iv. Help to better achieve the balance between saving lives and ensuring that the wellbeing and livelihood of citizens are protected.

3. Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown will be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight on Monday, 27 July, 2020.

4. Granted permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020.

5. Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places.

6. Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in the graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations.

7. Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable and publication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities.

8. Provision of technical support for states to mobilise additional resources for the response and strengthening partnerships with States, Local Governments, traditional rulers, community/religious leaders and civil society to ensure increased public awareness and compliance with preventive guidelines.

9. Encouraging State governments to empower Local Government Authorities to intensify contact tracing efforts and ensure stronger grassroots mobilisation to support the response.

10. Encourage States and Hospital authorities to ensure continuity of other health services to prevent fatalities from other life-threatening conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic and deepening of collaboration with other mandate groups at States/Federal levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response in the short, medium and long terms.

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