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Governors Give Buhari Fresh Conditions For Relaxing COVID-19 Lockdown

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The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to lift the total lockdown imposed in Lagos, Ogun and the FCT to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Naija News reports that this was contained in a letter dated April 24, 2020 and signed by NGF chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

The Governors, who addressed the letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, asked President Buhari to allow free movement in all the states, but with restrictions on large gatherings.

The other things the governors want incorporated into President Buhari’s impending pronouncement on the lockdown are: “Inter-state lockdown, excluding movement of essential supplies- food, beverages, medical and pharmaceutical, petroleum supplies and agricultural products; internal free movement but with restrictions on large gatherings and assemblies; overnight curfews; lockdown of flights; and compulsory use of face masks/coverings in the public.”

Fayemi said NGF’s position was a follow up to a teleconference meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on April 22, 2020.

“Recall at the meeting it was agreed that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) articulates the issues that it would want to be included in the next Presidential Pronouncement on COVID-19 so as to have a Uniform and coordinated Policy on COVID-19 at both the national and sub-national levels,” he added.

This online platform understands that Buhari is expected to make a new announcement on Monday, April 27, when the second 14-day lockdown ends.

Source: Naija News

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