Monday, June 14, 2021

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has revealed when President Muhammadu Buhari would decide on whether to extend the COVID-19 lockdown placed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states.

The task force chairman, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made the revelation on Tuesday, saying that Buhari would by the end of this week decide whether the locked down would be extended or not.

He spoke during a briefing of the task force which held in Lagos. He said that only President Buhari could take a decision on the issue concerning the lockdown over COVID-19 containment.

He said, “The President will decide on whether to extend the lockdown or not when we (the Presidential Task Force) report to him at the end of the week.”

He specifically commended the Lagos State government for its efforts, as well as the people of the state for their cooperation to curtail the spread of the virus.

Noting that people should understand that Coronavirus remained read, Mustapha warned that one “person can endanger an entire community.”

He said that members of the task force came to Lagos to examine the isolation centres in the state, as part of the responsibilities of the team.

“We are looking at the objectives that were set when the lockdown or the quarantine declaration was signed by the President, and subsequently by several other states.

“Before the end of the week, we will do an evaluation and part of the trip here was to do an evaluation to see how the objectives that were set were being met and at the end of that exercise, we would have the responsibility of reporting to Mr President,” he said.

He also said that about 6,800 metric tonnes of grain is dedicated to Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, adding that “they will soon start delivering to Lagos for distribution, to people who are deserving of these palliatives.”

Speaking at the briefing, Governor Sanwo-Olu said “the people of Lagos State cannot thank our President enough. We want to thank you for the leadership and the things you did behind the scenes for us.

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