Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation has explained that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration’s decision to extend the eased lockdown for another two weeks is to try and contain the spread of COVID-19, before the economy is fully reopened
Mustapha, who doubles as the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made this known during the daily media briefing yesterday.
The first part of the eased lockdown had expired on Monday, May 18.
It was then extended by President Muhammadu Buhari by another two weeks until June 1.
Mustapha asked schools, religious centres, offices and business to use the opportunity to plan how to operate in COVID-19 era.
According to Mustapha, the decision to reopen the economy slowly, is based on “current experiences from different countries and expert advice“.
He said: “Again, I wish to repeat that the decision is not punitive, we share your pains and also share your concerns. However, our future remains in our hands and compliance is one of the keys to opening that future.
“I must also emphasise that the two additional weeks should be utilized by businesses, offices, professional bodies, places of worship, educational institutions, etc awaiting reopening to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines.
“Above all, behavioral change is a must for every citizen because COVID 19 has changed the world completely.”