The Federal Authorities just isn’t disposed to the decision by State Governors for the comfort of the present lockdown within the nation on account of the coronavirus pandemic, The Nation gathered final evening.
The federal authorities, sources stated, are a lot in favour of partial restrictions in 33 of the 36 states with a view to mitigating the results of the present lockdown in lots of elements of the nation as towards the comfort being sought by the governors.
Governors Willie Obiano of Anambra State and Seyi Makinde have already relaxed the restrictions of their states.
The Presidential Activity Drive on COVID-19 which President Muhammadu Buhari depends on principally for recommendation on the pandemic just isn’t in settlement with the governors that authorities ought to gentle pedal within the FCT, Lagos, Ogun and Kano States.
Buhari who’s billed to deal with the nation tomorrow is alleged to be weighing the choices earlier than him.
Members of the PTF have been locked in a marathon assembly yesterday on the format of the partial restrictions to place in place in 33 states with out fueling the unfold of the Coronavirus.
The duty power thought-about the standing report on COVID-19 unfold in every state of the federation, the enter of the Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board (NGF) and native and worldwide technical analysis of the pandemic within the nation.
A high degree supply stated: “We’re inching in direction of partial restrictions in some states and the Federal Capital Territory. There may be clamour for the partial lifting of the lockdown. This is the reason the PTF is assembly.
“The PTF has acquired many ideas however we’re being cautious to not reverse the positive aspects of the previous few weeks within the battle towards Coronavirus.
“One of many knotty points is a suggestion by the NGF that there must be inner free motion however with restrictions on giant gatherings and assemblies nationwide.
However the PTF took exception to partial lifting of the lockdown within the FCT, Lagos, Ogun and Kano states.”
When contacted, a member of the NGF stated the Discussion board was on the identical web page with the PTF on the enter of the governors aside from one suggestion.
The supply stated: “I don’t assume they (the PTF on COVID-19) have critical objection besides with inner free motion the place they imagine that we must always not calm down the lockdown within the epicentres of Lagos, Kano, FCT and Ogun. They might be proper.
“We now have performed our bit by presenting our enter. You’ll be able to contact the Chairman of PTF on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha for particulars.”
The NGF within the Friday letter to the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, stated: “Please seek advice from the above material and to our Teleconference assembly with the Vice President on Wednesday, 22 April 2020.
“Recall at that assembly it was agreed that the Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board (NGF) articulates the problems that it will need to be included within the subsequent Presidential Pronouncement on Covid-19 in order to have a Uniform and Coordinated Coverage on Covid-19 at each the nationwide and sub-national ranges.
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