FG Finally Lifts Ban on Interstate Movement, Extends Eased Lockdown by 4 Weeks
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. After three months of hues and cries, the federal government on Monday, June 29, finally lifted the ban on interstate movement effective from Wednesday, July 1. The Nation reports that the Secretary to the govt of the Federation (SGF) and chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this on Monday, June 29, during the daily media briefing in Abuja.
It was gathered that the national coordinator of Presidential Task Force (PTF), Sani Aliyu , also added that only 50% of the passengers of the buses are allowed during travels. 'Only 50% of the passengers are allowed with compulsory use of mask,' he said.
The PTF, however, reaffirmed the continuation of the nationwide curfew between 10 pm and 4 am adding that 'travels are not expected at this period.' Mustapha also said the govt has approved the safe resumption of domestic flights in the country. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the presidential task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the day. Mustapha said: 'I am pleased to inform you that 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 be extended by another 4 weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020, through midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020. 'Specifically, however, the subsequent measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:
'Maintaining the current phase of the national response, for an additional 4 weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the national coordinator; permission of movement across state borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020; 'Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, specifically, the use of face masks in public places.' Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations; safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable; View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
'Publication of revised guidelines around the 3 thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities; provision of technical support for states to mobilise additional resources for the response.'
In other news, it earlier reported that Following criticisms from different quarters, the presidency has defended President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to have held the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council (NEC) meeting inside the Council chamber of the State House. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
This was disclosed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president Muhammadu Buhari, in a series of tweets via his Twitter handle on Sunday, June 28.
The Nigerian leader became the country's first president to hold a political party meeting in the chamber which is used for official govt meetings like the Federal Executive council (FEC), National Council of State (NCS), National Economic Council (NEC) and National Security Council (NSC).
The presidential spokesperson in reaction to the critics argued that the meeting was majorly virtual with only a few party members in attendance. He also added that it was unfortunate that the meeting has drawn criticism because of lack of understanding. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
According to him, the president was not banned by any law from holding meetings in any part of the Presidential Villa. He said: 'Since the President lives in the Villa, no one can, legally speaking, choose or dictate to him where he can sit to hold meetings. So, what's wrong in the President presenting himself before a camera and a TV screen in a digital conference at a given location within the Villa?'
it would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari and also the VP, Yemi Osinbajo, attended the All Progressives Congress (APC) meeting on Thursday, June 25, at the State House. The executive council chambers of the State House was stuffed with party members by 12 pm for a meeting convened by the embattled factional acting National Chairman Victor Giadom.