President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered a televised address to Nigerians on the COVID-19 pandemic. The address, which was broadcast live by 7pm on Sunday, shed some light on the measures being put in place by the Federal Government to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Equally important, the President announced a total restriction of movement in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State; for an initial period of 14 days.
‘‘All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period,’’ Buhari declared.
The President, who explained that the 14-day curfew will be used to identify, trace and isolate; all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases; also reeled out a list of organisations exempted from the lock-down. Among those exempted are medical establishments,food processing and distribution companies, retail, petroleum, power and private security companies, among others.
‘‘This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution. Furthermore, commercial establishments such as; food processing, distribution and retail companies; petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and private security companies are also exempted.”
Also exempted from the COVID-19 lock-down are workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff.
However, these persons must prove that they are unable to work from home.
Additionally, Buhari disclosed that although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.
Meanwhile, President Buhari revealed that the sea-ports will remain operational. However, all passenger flights, commercial and private jets, are suspended.
Nigeria has been battling to rein in the COVID-19 scourge since an undisclosed Italian; who arrived Nigeria on February 24 became the country’s index case.