COVID 19: Government to relax more of its restrictions

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Barring any last minutes change the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID 19 pandemic is expected to present a series of recommendations that will open up the economy in its updated report on the national response efforts to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday morning.

The task force is expected to present its assessment of the level of compliance by Nigerians to the regulations and guidelines as well as give him recommendations for the next stage of national response.

Though the PTF is of the view that the compliance level by Nigerians leave much to be desired but the ball will now be placed in the hands of the state government to take the baton of the race to end the COViD 19 marathon.

The ban of interstate movement as well as the that of local flight is expected to be relaxed while protocols and time table for gradual school resumption will be reeled out.

Speaking during last Thursday’s press briefing, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the PTF, reminded the nation the second phase of the eased lockdown, which took off from June 1, would be ending at the weekend.

He also said the PTF would be approaching President Muhammadu Buhari to submit its assessment of the success or otherwise of the national response efforts as well as giving him their recommendations.

He urged Nigerians to await the next step in the fight against the virus.

Nigerians had been clamouring for reopening of activities and total removal of restrictions and lockdowns, especially with respect to schools and interstate travel.

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