Buhari eases lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, FCT effective May 4

Buhari eases lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, FCT effective May 4

In a bid to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 27; addressed the citizenry on the steps being taken by his administration towards mitigating the disease.

Consequently, Buhari announced the extension of the lockdown in Lagos, FCT, and Ogun State by another week. This means the lockdown will ease effective, May 4.

Specifically, the President pronounced, “Based on the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19; the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters; and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and the Ogun States effective from Saturday, 2nd May 2020 at 9 am. 

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“However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures; while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.”

Buhari also lauded the efforts of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); who he stated had established “15 laboratories across the country with an aggregate capacity to undertake 2,500 tests per day across the country. 

“They are also reviewing their laboratory testing strategy to further increase the number of tests they can perform; including the accreditation of selected private laboratories that meet the accreditation criteria.

“Several new fully equipped treatment and isolation centres have been operationalised across the country thereby increasing bed capacity to about three thousand.”

In a bid to further incentivise the health workers who are in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic; Buhari announced an increment in the hazard allowances to be paid to these workers.

This, according to the statement, is the result of the synergy amongst the NCDC and the state governors.

“At this point, I will commend the State Governors for the activation of State-level Emergency Operation Centres, the establishment of new treatment centres; and the delivery of aggressive risk communication strategies.

“Over ten thousand healthcare workers have been trained. For their protection, additional personal protective equipment has been distributed to all the states.

“Although we have experienced logistical challenges; we remain committed to establishing a solid supply chain process to ensure these heroic professionals are can work safely and are properly equipped.

“In keeping with our Government’s promise to improve the welfare of healthcare workers; we have signed a memorandum of understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations.

“We have also procured insurance cover for five thousand frontline health workers. At this point, I must commend the insurance sector for their support in achieving this within a short period of time,” Buhari clarified.

 

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