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COVID-19: Why Presidential Taskforce recommended lockdown extension – SGF

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said it was the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 that recommended the lockdown extension in FCT, Lagos and Ogun states.

Speaking at the briefing of the PTF on COVID-19 on Tuesday in Abuja, Mustapha said the committee advised President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the lockdown in the three key places because it depends on the survival of the country.

He added that the lockdown was also extended to curb the spread of the virus from affecting all the states in the country.

“The Presidential broadcast addressed several critical issues of concern to our survival as a nation. After very meticulous assessment of the recommendations of the PTF, Mr. President has authorized the extension of the restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun states as well as the FCT for an additional fourteen days effective Monday 13th April, 2020.

“Such a monumental decision has been taken at great pains and we continue to appeal to Nigerians to show a lot of understanding, comply with orders, observe social distancing, keep a high level of personal and respiratory hygiene, stay at home unless it is compelling to go out and generally take responsibility for playing your individual role in this war,” Mustapha said.

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