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Buhari, Osinbajo To Get COVID-19 Vaccine On Saturday
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Buhari, Osinbajo To Get COVID-19 Vaccine On Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday, be among the key national figures to receive the first jabs of Oxford Astra-Zeneca COVID- 19 vaccine scheduled to arrive Abuja Tuesday. The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib revealed this Monday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing to unveil the National vaccine roll-out plan. It was gathered that the vaccine will only be administered on the President after a few vials of it are handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFCAC), for analysis over a period of two days- Wednesday and Thursday- after the ceremonies to mark the arrival of the vaccines . Shuaib said that after the vaccination ...
Workers On GL 12, Below Should Not Resume – FG Warns Ministers, Agency Heads
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Workers On GL 12, Below Should Not Resume – FG Warns Ministers, Agency Heads

The Federal Government on Monday warned Ministries, Departments and parastatal Agencies (MDAs) not to compel workers on Grade Level (GL) 12 and below to resume work. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation gave the warning at a briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) cited reports of MDAs compelling their workers in the categories to report for work. “For the avoidance of doubts, all employees from GL 12 and below shall continue to work from home. “No agency is allowed to vary this instruction. Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are to ensure strict compliance,” he said.
Second Wave: PTF Mulls Lockdown In Lagos, Abuja, Plateau
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Second Wave: PTF Mulls Lockdown In Lagos, Abuja, Plateau

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is considering targeted lockdown in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; as well as Lagos and Plateau States. PTF National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammed, who stated this on Friday, described as alarming, the rising cases of Covid infections recorded in the three urban areas. Muhammed said data showed that urban local governments in the affected places recorded the highest cases of Covid amid the second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria. According to data by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos (46,935 cases), Abuja (16,470 cases), Plateau (7,801) have recorded the highest number of Covid infections and fatalities in Nigeria in the last eleven months. Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme monitored by The ...
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, ...
COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians
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COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday. There have been concerns regarding a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But Aliyu said the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown and, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities . “I’m also ca...
Schools Resume January 18 Until Further Directive – PTF
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Schools Resume January 18 Until Further Directive – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, on Tuesday, said schools in the country will resume on January 18 until the Ministry of Education announces further directive. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, stated this while featuring on a television programme monitored by The PUNCH. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had on Monday, said the Federal Government would review the January 18 earlier date fixed for resumption of schools across Nigeria. The minister, who spoke at a PTF briefing in Abuja, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country. Speaking further on the issue on Tuesday, the PTF coordinator said the minister did not say the date has been changed. Aliyu said, “As regards schools, I just want to make a clarifica...
We Will Impose Fresh Nationwide Lockdown If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise- PTF
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We Will Impose Fresh Nationwide Lockdown If COVID-19 Cases Continue To Rise- PTF

The Federal Government has said it will be left with no option than to impose a fresh lockdown in the country if the number of COVID-19 infections continues to spike. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVIF-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this on Friday during a media briefing in Abuja. Aliyu said the rising Coronavirus infections was a source of concern and might require a fresh lockdown. He said, “If these numbers continue to go up and we start having significant deaths, we will have no option. If we do not want to lock down, now is the time to make sure that we follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions.” Also, the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who spoke earlier, said, “The Presidential Task Force is...
Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC
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Universities To Re-open On 18 January 2021 – NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed vice-chancellors of universities to resume academic activities on January 18. This is in accordance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. The directive was contained in a statement signed by NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed. Maiyaki urged universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been communicated severally to the Nigerian University System through NUC’s circulars. “I am to add that universities on resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cyc...
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: Don’t Come Home For Christmas – PTF Advises Nigerians Abroad
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COVID-19: Don’t Come Home For Christmas – PTF Advises Nigerians Abroad

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic has advised Nigerians abroad, who might be planning on coming home for the Christmas festivities to shelf the plan for now. The advice is part of the PTF’s strategy to minimise incoming travellers from other parts of the world, especially countries currently battling with new waves of COVID-19. The task force’s National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who stated these during its weekly media briefing in Abuja, however, clarified that if the reason for coming home is essential, such travellers should be ready to observe all prescribed guidelines by the PTF, including pre-travel and post-travel testings as well as the observation of seven days self-isolation. He warned that Nigeria would not relax its COVID-19 guidelines and pr...
Travellers must bear full costs of COVID-19 tests – PTF
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Travellers must bear full costs of COVID-19 tests – PTF

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, has said the country cannot afford to conduct free COVID-19 tests for passengers arriving into Nigeria. Aliyu, who made this statement on Saturday during a webinar organised by the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, explained that the country would run out of test kits if it chooses to test the 5,000 to 7,000 persons who come into the country daily. For this reason, he said, travellers must pay for the full cost of COVID-19 testing. The coordinator explained that the kits were expensive and testing everyone was not sustainable. He said, “The main reason why we can’t test people is due to the number of passengers we get into Nigeria. It is nothing compared t...
Over 27,000 passengers have arrived Nigeria from abroad since flights resumed —PTF
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Over 27,000 passengers have arrived Nigeria from abroad since flights resumed —PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said on Sunday over 27,000 passengers had arrived in the country from abroad since the resumption of international flight operations on September 5. The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who disclosed this at a town hall meeting organized by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) in Abuja, said 18,000 passengers came in through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and 9,000 through the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. He said the task force came up with stringent procedures because that was required to limit the “importation of COVID-19 to Nigeria, prevent transmission during the flight and reduce the quarantine period.” He told the Nigerians in the Diaspora that public laboratories were not allowed to co...
78 Private Universities Ready To Resume – Minister Of State For Education
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78 Private Universities Ready To Resume – Minister Of State For Education

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says no date has been fixed yet for full schools’ resumption even though the Federal Government had continued to engage stakeholders. Nwajiuba said this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja. The minister, however, expressed optimism that the date for resumption was “around the corner”, adding, that “we are not going to be brandishing dates.” He disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education earlier in the day on the issue. Nwajiuba said “about 78 privately-owned universities are insisting that they were ready for resumption” while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50”.He said that a...
SS3 students may sit for GCE if there is no shift in WAEC timetable – FG says
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SS3 students may sit for GCE if there is no shift in WAEC timetable – FG says

The Federal Government has said that SS3 students may have to sit for the General Certificate Examinations (GCE) in November if there is no shift in the timetable of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).   The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said this during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, July 23, in Abuja.   He said if Nigeria cannot convince WAEC to shift its examinations, sitting for the GCE may become the only option for Nigerian students.   He added that if Nigeria is able to meet up with the WAEC timetable, there is already a negotiated timeline to move local language subjects such as Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba behind to allow all participating countries the needed time to write the general subje...
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 ...
Edo Primary: APC Writes IGP, PTF To Seek Clearance For Uzodinma, Others
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Edo Primary: APC Writes IGP, PTF To Seek Clearance For Uzodinma, Others

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has written to Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 for clearance to conduct its governorship primary in Edo State. Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State met with the IGP yesterday in connection with preparation for the primary which is scheduled for Monday in Benin. Leaders of the party who had been locked in a faceoff prior to the resignation of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the APC are said to be closing ranks to enable the party retain control of Edo State in the September election. The development has left the Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom, who declared himself as acting National Chairman, stranded because no member of the National Working Committee (NWC) was with him at pres...
Don’t Open Schools, Viewing Centres, Stadiums Now, FG Warns States
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Don’t Open Schools, Viewing Centres, Stadiums Now, FG Warns States

The Federal Government on Monday warned state governments that were planning to reopen schools to drop the plan. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, gave the warning during the PTF press briefing in Abuja. Mustapha said it was not yet safe to reopen schools, television viewing centres, stadiums and other places where large gatherings could take place. Last week, Kano State reopened football viewing centres. There were reports on Monday that Cross River State, which had yet to record any COVID-19 case, was planning to reopen schools. On Monday, Mustapha ​ appealed to state governments to embark on wider community testing and enforce rules on social distancing. He stated, “​We have receive...
COVID-19: Not Yet Safe To Reopen School ― FG
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COVID-19: Not Yet Safe To Reopen School ― FG

The Federal Government Monday warned states considering reopening of schools to jettison such plan, says the current situation of COVID-19 did not in any way support such initiative. Speaking during a daily briefing in Abuja, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha said that the reopening of schools at this critical time amounts to exposing the general public to more danger. “We get report that some states are considering reopening of schools, viewing centres and other gatherings that encourage large crown, such step is not encouraging at this moment. PTF is emphasising that it’s not yet safe to do so. We need to be cautious and adhere to the PTF guideline. Mustapha regretted that the COVID-19 battle is no longer in the hand of health workers but r...
FCT Will Decide Naira Marley’s Penalty – PTF
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FCT Will Decide Naira Marley’s Penalty – PTF

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has expressed displeasure over Saturday event held in Abuja despite the ban on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. MCI reports that hip-hop artiste, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, held a concert at the Jabi Lake Mall on Saturday in contravention of the PTF directive geared towards curbing the spread of the virus. The event, which had a lot of people in attendance, has come under intense criticisms lately. PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, noted during a briefing on Monday that the PTF supports any sanctionagainst the musician. Aliyu, however, stated that the Federal Capital Territory Administration will take the decision on whether to penalise the artiste or not. He said, “With regards to the fate of Naira Marle...
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: Domestic Flights Won’t Resume June 21 – FG
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COVID-19: Domestic Flights Won’t Resume June 21 – FG

The Federal Government has said domestic flight operations will not resume on June 21, contrary to ealier report. National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said yesterday that the domestic airlines were given a window of three weeks to prepare, saying, “we did not say flights would definitely start on June 21.“ Aliyu had said on June 1 that “the aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from June 21.” However, while responding to a question asking for an update on the preparation, Aliyu said the PTF was yet to receive any update from the aviation sector on its preparedness to restart flight operations. He said: “What we said to the aviation authorities is; you need to let us ...
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...
Federal Government gives fresh update on when interstate movement and flight operations will begin
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Federal Government gives fresh update on when interstate movement and flight operations will begin

The Federal Government has given a fresh update concerning flight resumption date and Interstate movement. The Federal Government claim that aviation authorities are the ones to determine the resumption date of domestic flights in the country. This information was disclosed by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, during a briefing in Abuja, today. Recall that on June 1, 2020, the Federal Government requested that the aviation industry should start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume probably on June 21st, 2020. However, Sani Aliyu claimed that the Presidential Task Force are yet to receive a response from the aviation sector on their preparedness to restart commercial flight operations in the country. Sani Aliyu...
FG spent N169m on evacuation of Nigerians – PTF
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FG spent N169m on evacuation of Nigerians – PTF

Dr Sani Aliyu, National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday June 9 revealed that they spent N169million on the evacuation of Nigerians from different countries following the outbreak of Coronavirus.   Aliyu who disclosed this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, further revealed that the PTF got N22billion for the effective handling of COVID-19 response in the country.   He said;   “At the moment, as far as I know, only N169million were spent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the evacuation of Nigerians, mainly on their accommodation. “We haven’t spent much because of the need for prudence in the first place. We need to have clear evidence. A lot of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of gover...
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...
We Don’t Collect Bribe to Approve Flights – Hadi Sirika Says
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We Don’t Collect Bribe to Approve Flights – Hadi Sirika Says

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has said he has never asked for or received a bribe and has challenged anyone who has contrary information to come forward. Sirika yesterday said the clarification became necessary after backlash from Nigerians on Twitter accusing the Ministry of Aviation of demanding money before flights are approved. Speaking at the presidential task force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, he said such claims are false. “I have read also on Twitter that there are certain monies being charged for approval for flights. This is far from the truth. It’s for free. It’s just frivolous; it’s just a pen to be approved,” he said. “Just send a text message, we will send them back as approved. So nobody should con anybody and people should stop living in the p...
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...
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...
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...
COVID-19: Governors Fume As Interstate Travel Ban Collapses
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COVID-19: Governors Fume As Interstate Travel Ban Collapses

Some governors have expressed frustration at the apparent collapse of the interstate travel ban by many commercial drivers and commuters . They worried that this trend might increase the spread of the coronavirus and shoot up the number of COVID-19 cases. Fresh 553 cases were recorded on Saturday in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory . Data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showed that Lagos had 378 ; FCT , 52; Delta, 23 ; Edo , 22; Rivers, 14 ; and Ogun, 13 . Others were Kaduna, 12; Kano , 9 ; Borno , 7; and Katsina, 6. Jigawa and Oyo had 5 cases each while Yobe and Plateau had 3 cases each. Osun had 1. With the new cases, Nigeria had 9,855 COVID -19 cases. There were 273 deaths and 2, 856 recoveries. To curb the coronavirus spread , the President, Major...
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....
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’...
Nigeria Considers Discharging Yet-To-Recover COVID-19 Patients – NCDC DG
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Nigeria Considers Discharging Yet-To-Recover COVID-19 Patients – NCDC DG

The Nigerian government has said it may consider discharging COVID-19 patients earlier than their required treatment and isolation period, even though they are still positive. The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday. Mr Ihekweazu said new evidence shows that it is safe to discharge recovering COVID-19 patients even when the results are still positive. “New evidence is emerging that even when the test is still positive after that patient has been in care for a certain amount of time, it is possible and safe to discharge that patient to home isolation. ”So we are looking at the evidence and we might change our guidelines over time.I am s...
Minister Of State For Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba Says Schools Will Reopen Soon But No Date Yet
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Minister Of State For Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba Says Schools Will Reopen Soon But No Date Yet

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has disclosed that there are plans to soon reopen schools nationwide, however, it won’t happen in two weeks as being speculated in some quarters. Nwajiuba, made the clarification on Thursday during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, following rumours making the round the Federal Government would reopen schools in the next two weeks. Nwajiuba said there is no exact date yet for schools to resume, adding that schools will be reopened after they are ”resourced properly”. “We all are seriously interested in reopening and I believe we will reopen soon. But I can’t confirm what your children said that we will reopen in two weeks. The issue around reopening has nothing to do with the availability of th...
Places Of Worship Remain Shut In Abuja – FCT Minister
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Places Of Worship Remain Shut In Abuja – FCT Minister

The Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has said that places of worship in the territory remain shut based on advice from medical experts and guidelines from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Churches and mosques have been shut down for the past two months as part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19. Malam Bello, who held a meeting with representatives of the FCT Christian and Muslim communities led by the FCT Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman, Dr. Samson Jonah, and the FCT League of Imams Initiative (FLII), Dr. Tajudeen Mohammed Bello Adigun, explained that medical experts and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had directed that all measures approved two weeks earlier be extended for another two weeks. A statement by the minister’...
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...
COVID-19 Forcing Stubborn Husbands To Respect Their Wives – Senator Sadiq Umar
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COVID-19 Forcing Stubborn Husbands To Respect Their Wives – Senator Sadiq Umar

The Vice Chairman, Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases, Senator Sadiq Umar, has said that the COVID-19 pandemic has made some stubborn husbands to behave properly with their wives. He said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the 34th joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He was speaking on a question on the outdated Mental Health And Illness Bill. Umar said, “We have demonstrated that enough and I tell you something, even if you don’t want to do that, you know there is a new Sheriff in town now, it is called Oga Corona, COVID-19. Even stubborn husbands have been made to behave now with their wives and families.” Speaking on the bill, the Senator said, “I can tell you authoritatively that this Senate is aware of how antiquated mental illness...
Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola Reveals Mission Of 15 Chinese Doctors In Nigeria
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Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola Reveals Mission Of 15 Chinese Doctors In Nigeria

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed the mission of the 15 Chinese experts who came into the country in April. While speaking at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 today May 19, Arebesola said the experts are in Nigeria on the bill of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) to assist in building and equipping isolation centres. He also refuted claims that they have been snuck out of Nigeria. “Indeed 15 Chinese nationals came into Nigeria on 8th of April. They are here on the bill of the CCECC, a Chinese company doing some works for us in Nigeria in conjunction with some Nigerian companies they agreed to support us in the effort to respond to the pandemic. At Idu isolation centre in Abuja, they participate...
Coronavirus: Prepare For The Worst – Osagie Ehanire Tells Nigerians
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Coronavirus: Prepare For The Worst – Osagie Ehanire Tells Nigerians

The Federal Government has told Nigerians to prepare for the worst in the COVID-19 battle. It however said it was doing everything within its powers to curtail spread of the virus. Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stated this on Tuesday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He urged health workers and Nigerians to do their best to learn more about pandemic. Enihare said: “It is of great importance that we – members of the health sector and citizens, endeavour to use this period to dedicate efforts to strive for the best, but also prepare for the worst. “As we learn more about coronavirus every day, we must be ready to adjust our strategy, based on knowledge and evidence. “To continue strengthening response in States, the Federal Ministry o...
FAAN Fumigates Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt Airports Ahead Of Reopening
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FAAN Fumigates Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt Airports Ahead Of Reopening

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria says it has commenced fumigation of International Airports in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt ahead of reopening of flight operations in Nigeria. General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made this known on Tuesday in a statement in Lagos. Yakubu explained that the fumigation exercise was in line with the efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world. She said though, it was not yet clear when the ban on flights would be lifted, the authority was taking the proactive steps. “This is to ensure the safety of passengers and other airport users when the airports eventually reopen. “In March this year, the authority embarked on a similar exercise of disinfection and fumigation of all ...
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...
COVID-19 Not A Joke – President Buhari Tells Governors
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COVID-19 Not A Joke – President Buhari Tells Governors

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, told state governors not to take the raging COVID-19 pandemic as a joke. He asked them to step up enlightenment of their people on the seriousness of the infection by ensuring they stayed safe. Buhari also called on the governors to work closely with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to streamline the measures targeted at containing the spread. The President made the call during a virtual meeting he held with the governors. While he participated in the meeting via a video conference from the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, led his colleagues to join from other locations. The President stated that having received a ...
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  
Breaking! Nigeria extends Covid-19 lockdown
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Breaking! Nigeria extends Covid-19 lockdown

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 has extended the gradual easing of the lockdown by two weeks across the nation. The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, made the announce this afternoon during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.
Work Closely with the Presidential Task Force to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic- President Buhari Tells States Governors
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Work Closely with the Presidential Task Force to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic- President Buhari Tells States Governors

President Buhari today had a virtual meeting with members of the Nigerian Governors Forum where he appealed to all state governors to work closely with the Presidential Task Force to bring an end to the Coronavirus pandemic in the nation.   A statement released by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, says the President informed the governors that the PTF had briefed him on the next steps to take in the national response to the pandemic and that he has directed them to work very closely with the Governors to fulfill them. During the meeting, President Buhari said the pandemic was “beyond technology, power, and resources,” noting that countries that had all those, were recording highest casualties round the world. “We have to be very...
Presidency says there’s NO Presidential broadcast today!!!
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Presidency says there’s NO Presidential broadcast today!!!

The Presidency has debunked reports that President Muhammadu Buhari would be making a media broadcast today. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a tweet via his verified Tweeter handle disclosed this minutes ago. He said no presidential broadcast was planned for today, adding that whatever update was available would be passed on by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus during its usual briefings. “No presidential broadcast on COVID-19 updates today. None was planned. Rather, the Presidential Task Force will during its usual media briefings bring the nation up to speed on the next steps”, the tweet read.
President Buhari To Address Nigerians Tomorrow May 18
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President Buhari To Address Nigerians Tomorrow May 18

Barring any last minute change, President Buhari is expected to address the nation in a broadcast tomorrow Monday May 18, as the first phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown comes to an end. This was disclosed by Aliyu Sani, national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics today Sunday, May 17. The President is expected to announce to Nigerians whether or not the nation would go ahead with the second phase of the easing of the lockdown.

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