Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of PTF on COVID-19 Photo: Channels TV

COVID-19: Nigeria insists it’s unsafe to reopen schools, viewing centres, others

* Lifting restriction does not mean carelessness… life is a new normal now ─Boss Mustapha

* Tasks Nigerians to be responsible as there are daily increases in Coronavirus cases

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As certain states in the Nigerian Federation have started reeling off timelines for reopening of schools, viewing centres, and other public places in an attempt to ‘reactivate’ their states’ economies, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has reacted to this development, saying it is yet unsafe to reopen schools, television viewing centres, and other areas of public interest.

ConsumerConnect reports that Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of PTF on COVID-19, stated this Monday, June 15, at the briefing of the Task Force in Abuja, FCT.

Mustapha said that some state governors were considering reopening schools, television viewing centres, and others in their respective states contrary to the extant national directive in this regard.

The Chairman of PTF stated: “We have received reports that some states are contemplating the opening of schools, television viewing centres, sports stadium and other places where large gatherings could take place.

“The Presidential Task Force reemphasises that it is not yet safe to do so and that utmost caution should be exercised in this regard.”

Accordingly, Mustapha tasked the relevant security agencies to enforce the ban on interstate travels in the country.

“We also appeal to the security agencies to enforce the ban on interstate travel very strictly,” he stated.

While warning Nigerians to desist from large gatherings of “whatever category” in order to prevent contracting the virus, he noted that gatherings in whatever form are still banned.

There have been daily increases in the numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country, said the SGF.

He added that “gatherings of any form are still not opened; we must avoid it either driving, shows, rallies or whatever categories. Be responsible.

“Lifting restriction does not mean carelessness and that life is normal. Yes, there is a normal – but it is a new normal.”

It is recalled that other members of the PTF, severally in their presentations at the briefings, had warned state governments against going contrary to the Federal Government’s extant regulations and measures introduced towards ensuring that Nigeria and Nigerians collectively defeat the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic and its attendant disruptive consequences on the economy.

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