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President Buhari Holds Security Meeting with Service Chiefs
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President Buhari Holds Security Meeting with Service Chiefs

President Buhari again summoned another crucial meeting of the National Security Council; as they continue to seek solutions to the security challenges in the nation. The president presided over the meeting which held at the statehouse Abuja today May 11. Those in attendance include the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari. Others include Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Army Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal I...
Two COVID-19 Vaccines Developed in Nigeria are Awaiting Trial and Certification – PTF
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Two COVID-19 Vaccines Developed in Nigeria are Awaiting Trial and Certification – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said that two vaccines developed in the country are awaiting clinical trials and certification. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha who disclosed this during the PTF national briefing in Abuja on Monday March 22, described it as a welcome development that will open a new vista in scientific breakthrough and will boost the morale and image of the medical industry in the country. Mustapha also called for collaboration among relevant agencies to ensure that the effort is successful. He said; “The disclosure that Nigerian scientists have produced at least two local COVID-19 vaccines which are awaiting clinical trials and certification is significant. “This is a welcome development that will open a new vista i...
COVID-19: Governors, Deputies To Be Vaccinated On March 9th
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COVID-19: Governors, Deputies To Be Vaccinated On March 9th

Governors of the 36 States of the Federation on the platform of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have resolved to take the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, publicly next week Tuesday, March 9. This was one of the decisions taken at their emergency meeting to discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines in the country. In the meeting were the the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Director-General , Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu and Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib as well as medical experts who play advisory roles for the NGF on the pandemic. The chair...
COVID-19: Nobody Is Safe Until Everyone Is Vaccinated — Boss Mustapha
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COVID-19: Nobody Is Safe Until Everyone Is Vaccinated — Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha,  has said that COVID-19 vaccines are important for the safety of Nigerians. During a sensitisation meeting with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Mustapha said nobody is safe from being infected with COVID-19 until everyone is vaccinated. Mustapha, who is the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19, urged religious bodies to enlighten their members on the benefits and efficacy of vaccines against the pandemic. He said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant global public health emergency of our generation. Humanity has been under the siege of this virus since 30th of January, 2020 (exactly one year ago) when the WHO declared it as such. It has taken lives, consumed trillions...
Buhari Signs Regulations To Make Wearing Facemasks Mandatory
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Buhari Signs Regulations To Make Wearing Facemasks Mandatory

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 which made the use of face masks in public places mandatory among other measures to curtail further spread of COVID-19. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the President signed the document on Tuesday. He said the President signed the document in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010. Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, ...
Second Wave: Travels, School Reopening Caused COVID-19 Surge – PTF
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Second Wave: Travels, School Reopening Caused COVID-19 Surge – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID - 19 has said travels, reopening of schools , businesses and religious centres contributed to the rise in coronavirus cases in Nigeria . Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation , Boss Mustapha , made this known on Monday during a media briefing in Abuja . He said, “ It is however very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rise in numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities , reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID -19 safety measures . “ The full import of the fore- going is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non -pharma...
Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman
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Buhari Sacks Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, NDLEA Chairman

President Muhamma­du Buhari has ap­proved the removal of the Chairman of the National Drug Law En­forcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd). He was appointed on Jan­uary 12, 2016 by the former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Engr. Babachair Lawal, via a let­ter with reference number SGF.35/S.5/11/272. In another letter dated January 7, 2021 and signed by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Boss Musta­pha, Abdallah was mandated to handover to the Secretary of the agency, Mr. Shadrach Haruna, on or before Janu­ary 10, 2021 (today). Sunday Independent gathered that Haruna, who was in the United Kingdom during the notice, had to cut short his trip as he hurried­ly returned to Nigeria at the weekend. Disquiet Over Hurried Recruit­ment ...
Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani
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Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani says President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha do not need to receive COVID-19 vaccine on live telecast. Tweeting on Friday, Sani said Nigeria’s leaders should only ensure they are vaccinated with the same brand as would be given to ordinary citizens. “No need to Vaccinate d VIPs on live TV. Just do the right thing, when you vaccinate the leaders with Pfizer, make sure the people are also vaccinated with Pfizer,” the former Kaduna lawmaker wrote. “When you vaccinate the People with Russian or Chinese vaccine, make sure the leaders are also vaccinated with same brand.” Nigeria is expecting the US-manufactured Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the end of January. The governm...
731 Corpers Test Positive For COVID-19 – Presidential Task Force
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731 Corpers Test Positive For COVID-19 – Presidential Task Force

At least 732 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) batch B, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said on Tuesday. Mr Mustapha at a task force briefing said the COVID-19 test was conducted on the corp members using Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDTs) “Out of the 35,419 in the Batch B, 731 tested positives compared to 108 recorded during the Batch A,” he said. He said the cases were recorded from corps members from every state of the federation. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how 138 corp members tested positive to COVID-19 about two months. NYSC camps for orientation activities were recently reopened after a period of shutdown following the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
COVID-19: Do Not Travel For Christmas & New Year Festivities – PTF
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COVID-19: Do Not Travel For Christmas & New Year Festivities – PTF

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, has asked Nigerians not to travel during the festive season to limit the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Speaking at the PTF media briefing on Monday, Mustapha said such trips should be put on hold because the transmission rate of the virus has become “astronomical”. He said new cases can emerge in places that have not been by affected if people travel and gather for festivities. “Ahead of the upsurge in travels for the Christmas and New Year festivities, we urge strongly that for this year, such trips should be put on hold firmly because of the risks involved. The transmission rate has simply become astronomical,” he said. “New clusters of cases can emerge in places that have so far been unaffec...
COVID-19: FG Extends Ease of Lockdown for Another Four Weeks
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COVID-19: FG Extends Ease of Lockdown for Another Four Weeks

The Federal Government has announced the extension of the second phase of the eased lockdown for another four weeks. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the Task Force briefing in Abuja on Thursday August 6.  The extension is the third for the second phase.
President Buhari presides over Security Council meeting
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President Buhari presides over Security Council meeting

President Buhari is currently presiding over a National Security Council meeting at the State House, Abuja. The meeting comes amidst increasing security challenges witnessed in several parts of the country. In attendance at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), in attendance. Also in attendance are the Service Chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, include the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the...
Federal Government in Need of More Oxygen as COVID-19 Deaths Increase
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Federal Government in Need of More Oxygen as COVID-19 Deaths Increase

The federal government said on Monday, July 13, that it is working towards getting more oxygen to attend to emergencies as deaths resulting from coronavirus complications keep increasing. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja during the briefing of the COVID-19 task force. The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said the number of patients hospitalized with the deadly virus is on the increase and the major concern of the government is to have enough oxygen nationwide to attend to emergencies. “An enhanced risk communication strategy becomes inevitable when we realise that within the last 24 hours, the world witnessed the largest single day cases of 230,370 while in Nigeria, last week recorded the highest wee...
COVID-19: We May Be Counting Bodies In Hundreds In Next 3 Weeks – Boss Mustapha
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COVID-19: We May Be Counting Bodies In Hundreds In Next 3 Weeks – Boss Mustapha

Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha has warned that the country might start to count bodies in their hundreds in the next three weeks following the spread of coronavirus in the country. This is just as NCDC announced it had recorded 661 new cases, raising tally to 19,808, discharges 6,718, deaths 506. As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of 230, followed by Rivers-127, Delta-83, FCT-60, Oyo-51, Edo-31, Bayelsa-27, Kaduna-25, Plateau-13, Ondo-6, Nasarawa-3, Ekiti-2, Kano-2, Borno-1. Mustapha, who argued that the reason the numbers have continued to climb up lately was because the country has increased its testing capacity, however, noted that Nigeria was yet to even enter into the second wave of ...
Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike
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Resident Doctors Suspend Nationwide Strike

The National Association of Resident Doctors has announced the suspension of its strike with effect from Monday, June 22, 2020. The organisation said it took the decision in order to enable the government time to fulfill outstanding demands following an appeal by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and other stakeholders. NARD made the announcement in a communique read to journalists by its President, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, on Sunday in Abuja after its National Executive Council meeting attended by over 300 members.
60% of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria were recorded in 20 local governments – PTF
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60% of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria were recorded in 20 local governments – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) has revealed that 60 percent of the Coronavirus cases in the country were recorded in 20 local government areas. The Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha revealed this while receiving a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N10 million from Rotary District 9125. Mustapha who was represented by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Olusegun Adekunle, listed the local government areas as follows; Mainland, Abuja Municipal, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Tarauni, Katsina, Alimosho, Maiduguri, Kosofe, Dutse, Ikeja, Nassarawa, Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Oredo, Bauchi, Lagos Island, Surulere and Ado Odo/Ota. He blamed the increased cases of Coronavirus recorded in the cou...
60% of Coronavirus Cases in Nigeria Were Recorded in 20 Local Governments – PTF
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60% of Coronavirus Cases in Nigeria Were Recorded in 20 Local Governments – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) has revealed that 60 percent of the Coronavirus cases in the country were recorded in 20 local government areas. The Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha revealed this while receiving a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N10 million from Rotary District 9125. Mustapha who was represented by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Olusegun Adekunle, listed the local government areas as follows; Mainland, Abuja Municipal, Mushin, Eti-Osa, Tarauni, Katsina, Alimosho, Maiduguri, Kosofe, Dutse, Ikeja, Nassarawa, Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Oredo, Bauchi, Lagos Island, Surulere and Ado Odo/Ota. He blamed the increased cases of Coronavirus recorded in the cou...
Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha
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Nigerian government not ‘excited about opening sporting activities’ – Mustapha

The NPFL and other leagues in the country will remain in a hiatus as gatherings of more than 20 people are still prohibited The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and secretary to the federal government, Boss Mustapha, has revealed football activities in Nigeria will remain shut down. The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been suspended since March following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to the country. The government only recently eased lockdown in three of the most affected states in the country, Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, and limited social gathering to 20 people.
COVID-19: PTF Meets with Governors as Nigeria Hits 14,554 Cases
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COVID-19: PTF Meets with Governors as Nigeria Hits 14,554 Cases

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, on Thursday night, met with state governors, to discuss the level of compliance with guidelines nationwide. Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, confirmed this while speaking to the media during their daily briefing earlier in the day. Mustapha appealed to state governments to ensure compliance with the set protocols, which would stop the transmission of COVID-19. “The PTF continues to monitor the level of activities and compliance with the guidelines nationwide. “Consultations will continue and tonight, I will be holding another round of video conference with the team of governors appointed by the National Economic Council to interface with the PTF,” he said. Mustapha also said PTF will meet with the heads of security agenci...
COVID-19: FG Won’t Reintroduce Total Lockdown Again – Boss Mustapha
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COVID-19: FG Won’t Reintroduce Total Lockdown Again – Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government has explained why it may not re-introduce a total lockdown of the country over the COVID-19 rising cases. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the 42nd joint national briefing of the taskforce. “As we had indicated in my first address on this subject that we will study the situation, look at it and see how we are going and if there is need for a review, that review will be advised by data, by science, by experiences of other jurisdictions and by the peculiarities of our environment. “To go back to a total lockdown must be taken in the context of what we desire to achieve, after we’ve lockdown for about five weeks and seen how we fa...
COVID-19 Has Turned Everything Upside Down In Nigeria – PTF
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COVID-19 Has Turned Everything Upside Down In Nigeria – PTF

As Nigeria’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 12,000 and the death toll hit 342 on Sunday, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said the country may just be starting to experience the epidemic. The PTF lamented that Nigerians were avoiding being tested; a situation he said was responsible for the low testing ratio to the population. This was made known at the House of Representatives on Monday when members of the PTF appeared before a joint committee of the House to account for the funds allocated and donated to the fight against the pandemic. Chairman of the PTF, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, expressed uncertainties over the pandemic, urging the lawmakers to help extend the campaign to the grass roots. He said, “I must say t...
FG Approves July 13th For Schools To Reopen
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FG Approves July 13th For Schools To Reopen

Federal Government has approved July 13, 2020 for schools to reopen, only final year, Senior Secondary Certification Examination, Primary Six Students to commence This was made know by Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha during COVID-19 daily briefing in Abuja, yesterday. According to the SGF, Federal Goverment intends to reopen schools for the final year students, SSCE and primary six students, contrary to his statement on Monday, that schools shall remain closed until further evaluations.
Nigeria Yet To Reach ‘Peak’ Of COVID-19 Cases – PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha Says
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Nigeria Yet To Reach ‘Peak’ Of COVID-19 Cases – PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha Says

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, says Nigeria is yet to reach the “peak” of COVID-19 infections. The chairmen of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference on Monday in Abuja. He said it was necessary to restate to the citizenry, that Nigeria had not reached the peak of confirmed cases, adding that the battle against COVID-19 was a long term battle.l He urged Nigerian to pursue a strategy that would aid the sustainable control of the spread of the disease, stressing that risk communications and community engagement should remain top priority. He added that precision approached to containment and management should be adopted based on the overall assessment, including availab...
COVID-19: Buhari Relaxes Lockdown in Kano
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COVID-19: Buhari Relaxes Lockdown in Kano

The Nigerian government on Monday eased the lockdown in Kano State. President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Speaking at the daily briefing of the taskforce in Abuja, Mustapha also introduced phase one of the eased lockdown. He said: “Easing the total lockdown of Kano State and introduction of Phase One of the eased lockdown. “This is still a fight for life and our advancement to phase two does not mean that COVID-19 has ended. It is still potent and highly wasteful of human lives. “I implore all Nigerians and corporate citizens to take responsibility and play the expected role.” Mustapha had earlier a...
FG Eases Lockdown In Kano
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FG Eases Lockdown In Kano

The Federal Government has eased the lockdown imposed on Kano State as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known during a briefing in Abuja. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had in an address to the nation on April 27 ordered a 14-day lockdown in the northwest state which was subsequently extended by the PTF. However, while giving an update on Monday, Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said, “Easing the total lockdown of Kano State and introduction of Phase One of the Eased Lockdown. “This is still a fight for life and our advancement to phase two does not mean that COVID-19 has ended. It is still po...
FG Relaxes Restriction On Churches, Mosques
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FG Relaxes Restriction On Churches, Mosques

The Federal Government has announced the relaxation of the restriction placed on places of worship as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, announced this during the daily briefing of the panel on Monday. Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to Government of the Federation, said the ban on inter-state travel is still in place.
Buhari Govt under Attack for Reopening Churches, Mosques, While Schools Remain Shut
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Buhari Govt under Attack for Reopening Churches, Mosques, While Schools Remain Shut

A cross-section of Nigerians has reacted to the reopening of Churches and Mosques by Nigerian government. DAILY POST had reported that Buhari on Monday lifted the ban on religious gathering across the country but announced that schools should remain closed. Chairman of the Task Force, Boss Mustapha, made the announcement during the briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday. Mustapha said Churches are to reopen for the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June 2020, and is subject to review. Reacting on social media, some Nigerians queried why the ban on religious gathering was lifted and schools remain closed. Some of them are of the opinion that the children locked at home will still visit religious centres. Here...
FG Lifts ban on Religious Gathering
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FG Lifts ban on Religious Gathering

The federal government on Monday June 1, lifted the ban on religious gatherings across the country. Chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19 and secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha made the announcement during the daily briefing of the task force today. Mustapha said relaxation of restriction on places of worship is based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments. However gathering of more than 20 persons remains prohibited outside of work places and in religious services. He said; “The PTF submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review. “Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the ...
President Buhari Set To Approve Reopening Of Worship Centres
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President Buhari Set To Approve Reopening Of Worship Centres

President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to approve the reopening of churches and mosques from Monday this week. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha says appropriate recommendations on the reopening of worship centres have been forwarded to the President for approval. Mustapha was responding to questions from journalists after he led members of the PTF to brief the President as the first phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions elapses nationwide. He says the states have a critical role to play in the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown. After submitting the fourth interim report to President Buhari on the gradual reopening of the economy at the Presidential Villa, the PTF said Nigeria is ...
‘No state is an island as far as COVID-19 is concerned’ – Boss Mustapha says
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‘No state is an island as far as COVID-19 is concerned’ – Boss Mustapha says

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, says no state is an island as far as COVID-19 in Nigeria is concerned. He said this on Sunday while responding to questions on the rejection of results announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for Kogi state. Kogi state had rejected the two index cases of the coronavirus reported by the NCDC last Wednesday. “Kogi State till this very moment is COVID-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have returned negative,” Saka Audu, the state commissioner for health, said in a statement last Thursday. However, Mustapha, who led the PTF to submit its report to President Muhammadu Buhari...
Buhari’s Ministers Acting Like They Own Ministries – APC Group
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Buhari’s Ministers Acting Like They Own Ministries – APC Group

A pro-All Progressives Congress body, APC Mandate Defenders, has accused some ministers of the Buhari administration of carrying themselves like they own the federal ministries. They raised the alarm while condemning some ministers’ violation of Nigeria’s Public Service Rules, including the arbitrary sack of parastatal heads. The group expressed dismay on Sunday in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Ifeanyi Emeka. MCI recalls a December 2019 instance when the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, sacked two senior officials within 24 hours. They are Marilyn Amobi, Managing Director of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) and Damilola Ogunbiyi, former Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency. Interestingly, President Muhammadu Buhari overruled M...
SGF, Boss Mustapha Reveals What Wife Makes Him Do Because Of COVID-19
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SGF, Boss Mustapha Reveals What Wife Makes Him Do Because Of COVID-19

SGF Boss Mustapha, The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, has said that he follows the guidelines given by authorities to avoid being infected with coronavirus. Speaking on Thursday at the daily press briefing of the PTF in Abuja, Boss Mustapha stated that the routine he follows is similar to that of a suspected case of the virus. He also advised Nigerians to ensure they do their best to help curb the spread of COVID-19 which now has over 7000 cases in the country. “I leave my house every day and I return in the evening. I’m treated as a suspect. I have to wash my hands; I have to decontaminate my shoes; I have to walk into my house and barely will I be sitting down, my wife will ask me, ‘have you bathed?’ I will say, ‘I just arrived’,” Mustapha said....
Buhari Restrains Ministers From Disciplining, Removing Heads Of Agencies
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Buhari Restrains Ministers From Disciplining, Removing Heads Of Agencies

The Buhari administration has restrained cabinet ministers from directly removing heads of agencies and parastatals they supervise. Now in place is a multi-layered procedure that appears to strengthen the role of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in the disciplinary process, a government circular exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES shows. The circular, dated May 19 and endorsed by the SGF, Boss Mustapha, conveyed the “concern” of the government about the tendency by some ministers to arbitrarily remove chief executive officers of agencies and its impact on stability and service delivery. The circular was dispatched to all ministers and several other senior officials, including the head of service, the president’s chief of staff, military chiefs, the central b...
I Am Treated As A COVID-19 Suspect In My House – SGF, Boss Mustapha
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I Am Treated As A COVID-19 Suspect In My House – SGF, Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, says he is treated as a COVID-19 suspect in his house. Speaking at the presidential task force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, Mustapha appealed to Nigerians to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “I don’t know your experiences out there, but I can tell you that it is one thing that has totally disrupted and distorted our social life,” he said. “I leave my house every day and I return in the evening. I’m treated as a suspect. I have to wash my hands; I have to decontaminate my shoes; I have to walk into my house and barely will I be sitting down, my wife will ask me, ‘have you bathed?’ I will say, ‘I just arrived’. “I don’t know what your experiences are, but that’...
IGP Adamu Exempts Doctors, Journalists, Nurses From Curfew
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IGP Adamu Exempts Doctors, Journalists, Nurses From Curfew

IGP Mohammed Adamu Abubakar last night rescinded his order on essential workers, including journalists and doctors. He exempted them from the 8pm to 6am nationwide curfew. The police boss had said that no essential workers will be granted passage during the curfew, an order that negated President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that journalists, doctors and others on essential duty should be allowed a free pass. But Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) Frank Mba, a Deputy Commisioner of Police (DCP) said essential service providers, including media and health workers are free to more after 8pm. Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed had earlier clarified that journalists’ identity cards are their pass during lockdowns or curfews. Yesterday, Presidential Task Force on C...
Madagascar Herbal Drugs Didn’t Come with Invoice – FG
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Madagascar Herbal Drugs Didn’t Come with Invoice – FG

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic, Boss Mustapha has denied knowledge of Madagascar demanding 170,000 Euros from the Federal Government for herbal drugs which arrived the country days ago. Mustapha who reacted to claim of the Nigerian government being asked to pay €170,000 for the Madagascar herbal mixture delivered to President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday May 16, by the visiting President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo, said same mixture was taken to other African countries without an invoice. According to him, when he took delivery of the sealed herbal mixture, he was not handed an invoice, which would have indicated if there was a cost. He said;   “In terms of the...
Why We Extended Lockdown By 2 Weeks – Boss Mustapha
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Why We Extended Lockdown By 2 Weeks – Boss Mustapha

The federal government has explained that the two weeks extension of the first phase of the eased lockdown was to enable the segment of society still not opened to properly prepare to open up. Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the explanation, during Tuesday’s daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja. The SGF also revealed that in the bid to achieve this targeted preparedness for businesses, offices, educational institutions and other institutions of society to gradually open up, the PTF would intensify consultations and engagements with various authorities on how to achieve successful implementation of measures and regulations. He went fu...
“I Will Start Charging You For Free Education On Facebook” – Nnamdi Kanu To FG
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“I Will Start Charging You For Free Education On Facebook” – Nnamdi Kanu To FG

The leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Tuesday took a swipe at the Nigerian government, saying that the government visits his facebook page to get free education. The IPOB leader and Director of Radio Biafra, therefore, said that very soon he will start charging Nigerian government for receiving free education from his page. He equally faulted the announcement made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, on Covid-19, saying that the announcement was supposed to be made by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. In a statement entitled, “Learning is good isn’t it, especially from miscreants” personally signed by Mazi Kanu, and made available to Vanguard by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, Kanu ...
PDP Rejects Curfew Extension, Calls Out SGF, Boss Mustapha
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PDP Rejects Curfew Extension, Calls Out SGF, Boss Mustapha

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday said it had noted the alleged assumption of Presidential powers by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha who announced an additional two weeks for the partial lifting of the COVID-19 induced total lockdown imposed on Nigerians. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement, in Abuja, on Monday. He said there was nowhere within the laws of Nigeria that the powers to broadcast presidential executive orders such as the declaration of curfews and restriction of movements vested in the Office of the SGF. He said the action of the SGF has brought serious confusion in the polity regarding the legality or otherwise of the directives contained in the SGF’s announcement. Ologbon...
Gradual Lockdown Easing Extended by 2 Weeks in Lagos, Ogun and FCT
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Gradual Lockdown Easing Extended by 2 Weeks in Lagos, Ogun and FCT

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had said just extended for 2 weeks the gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja to curb spread of Coronavirus. Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, while making the announcement said, “​Advisedly, the current phase of eased restriction will be maintained for another two weeks during which stricter enforcement and persuasion measures will be pursued. “The two weeks extension of Phase One of the eased restriction is also to enable other segments of the economy to prepare adequately for compliance with the guidelines, preparatory to reopening in the coming weeks.” https://twitter.com/LailaIjeoma/status/1262443762355232770  
President Buhari Receives Post Lockdown Report from COVID-19 Task Force Team (
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President Buhari Receives Post Lockdown Report from COVID-19 Task Force Team (

President Buhari today Sunday, May 17, received a situation report from members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. The President in March, imposed a lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun state due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown was eased on May 4 and replaced with a ban on interstate travels and a curfew from 8pm-6am nationwide. The task force which is chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, met with the President at the State House in Abuja today where they briefed him on the level of compliance to the guidelines issued before the easing of the lockdown on May 4. Also present at the meeting were the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire, NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekweazu,  PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu; and others. &n...
COVID-19: FG Considering ‘Isolated Lockdowns’ As Cases Hit 5,621
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COVID-19: FG Considering ‘Isolated Lockdowns’ As Cases Hit 5,621

Boss Mustapha said contrary to insinuations doing the rounds about another lockdown, the federal government was only contemplating “isolated lockdowns” in troubled parts of the country. Speaking on measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Mustapha flatly dismissed the possibility of another nationwide lockdown. He said the idea was no longer expedient in view of some of the latest developments. But he said some cluster areas in certain parts of the country would be closely monitored for possible intervention as might be deemed necessary and advised by experts. Further addressing the swirling speculations that another lockdown might be imminent given the general state of response to the pandemic, Mustapha said such a decision was not on the cards yet, especially given that ...
President Buhari Presides Over Virtual Federal Executive Council Meeting
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President Buhari Presides Over Virtual Federal Executive Council Meeting

President Buhari on Wednesday morning, presided over the first-ever virtual Federal Executive Council meeting. The meeting took place inside the council chambers in the state house and had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, newly appointed Chief of Staff to President Buhari Ibrahim Gambari, Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed and a few others. Other Ministers attended the meeting online in their various offices. COVID-19 precautionary guidelines such as social distancing and wearing of face mask were strictly observed.  
Catholic Church Donates All Its 425 Hospitals As COVID-19 Isolation Centres
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Catholic Church Donates All Its 425 Hospitals As COVID-19 Isolation Centres

The Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has offered all its 425 health facilities across the country as isolation centres for COVID-19. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), who disclosed this at the presidential task force briefing on Monday said state governments can now take advantage of the facilities. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had said no state in the country has enough bed spaces for COVID-19 patients, but with the recent donations, Mustapha who chairs the presidential task force on COVID-19, said these would add in the committee’s support for the state governments. “As part of efforts to support the states in the establishment of the isolation and treatment centres, I wish to remind our governors that the Cathol...
Security Agents Must Stop Violation Of Interstate Lockdown – NGF
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Security Agents Must Stop Violation Of Interstate Lockdown – NGF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Wednesday lamented Nigerians’ non-compliance with guidelines on the gradual reopening of the economy. The task force Chairman, Boss Mustapha, who stated this at the PTF press conference in Abuja, said disregard for the ban on interstate movements and other guidelines was an indication of the danger ahead. But the Nigeria Governors’ Forum told The PUNCH that security agencies must live up to their responsibilities by stopping violation of the ban on interstate movements. The NGF stated this as the Arewa Consultative Forum hit northern governors on the shoddy implementation of the evacuation of Almajiris to their states of origin. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had, in his broadcast on April 27, banned interstate mo...
I Am Worried, I See Danger Ahead- SGF, Boss Mustapha, Warns As Nigerians Continue To Flout COVID19 Guidelines
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I Am Worried, I See Danger Ahead- SGF, Boss Mustapha, Warns As Nigerians Continue To Flout COVID19 Guidelines

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Boss Mustapha, says he is worried and sees danger ahead as the ease of the lockdown entered day three today. At the press briefing of the taskforce in Abuja today, Mustapha says the outright disregard for all COVID19 prevention guidelines only potent danger for Nigerians even as the battle against COVID19 continues. In his words Today I am a little bit sober because of the dangers that I see ahead and I referred to it in my speech. I said early assessment of the ease of lockdown phase, indicates that Nigerians are yet to come to terms with the deadliness and the virulent nature of COVID19 and this gives us concern on the high possibility of increased shedding...
FG Extends Flight Ban By Four Weeks
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FG Extends Flight Ban By Four Weeks

Ban on all flights extended for an additional 4 weeks. National Briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 At the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Wednesday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, said after due consultation, the federal government decided to extend the flight ban by four weeks. Read the briefing by Boss Mustapha below REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION/CHAIRMAN OF THE PTF-COVID-19 AT THE NATIONAL BRIEFING OF WEDNESDAY, 6TH MAY, 2020 ​I welcome you to the National Briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for Wednesday, 6th May, 2020. 2.​We were unable to hold this briefing yesterday because the PTF COVID-19 had to brief the House of Representatives on progr...
COVID-19: Lagos Battles Shortage Of Reagents, FCT Running Out Of Test Kits
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COVID-19: Lagos Battles Shortage Of Reagents, FCT Running Out Of Test Kits

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the House of Representatives on Tuesday said Kano State had become the epicentre of coronavirus in the North. The  PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; who led other members of the task force, including the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this while briefing the House on the war against the virus in the country. He said Kano State lacked adequate manpower for surveillance and contact tracing. Also on Tuesday, the Lagos State Government said it was battling with a shortage of reagents. The Federal Capital Territory on its part said it was facing a shortage of test kits. In ...
COVID-19: Hospitals In Kano Are Rejecting Sick Patients – Boss Mustapha
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COVID-19: Hospitals In Kano Are Rejecting Sick Patients – Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government on Monday said hospitals were rejecting sick patients in Kano State. The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced this in an update on the state’s battle against coronavirus. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and PTF Chairman spoke at the daily briefing in Abuja. He disclosed that the team received reports that medical facilities and doctors were turning back sick patients over the fear that their illnesses were COVID-19-related. Mustapha begged hospitals not to neglect the treatment of other ailments because such actions had resulted in avoidable deaths. He noted that teams dispatched from Abuja had continued to work with the state structure and were doing well. “We have achieved a lot in the area of ma...
Interstate Movement Of Almajiri Violating Buhari’s Order – Boss Mustapha
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Interstate Movement Of Almajiri Violating Buhari’s Order – Boss Mustapha

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has said that the continuous relocation of almajiri pupils from one state to another, up till Sunday is not in alignment with the guidelines issued by President Muhammadu Buhari banning inter-state movement amidst COVID-19 crisis in the country. The President had banned interstate movement from Monday May 4 as part of measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Mustapha, who made the complaint on Monday in Abuja at the 25th joint national briefing of the committee, assured that the PTF will engage with the respective state governments on how to achieve their objectives. “​The PTF has also received reports on the level of compliance with the nationwi...

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