One-week extension has been added to the lockdown order of the federal government of Nigeria. FCT, Lagos and Ogun State will be on standstill for another one week with effect from Monday 27 April 2020. The president, President Muhammadu Buhari said this during the national broadcast on Monday.
The president said the decision to keep theses states under locks and keys is based on the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum.
Buhari disclosed in the nationwide broadcast on Monday, saying the federal government’s One-week extension order is been relaxed on other states while Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun State remain as it is pending the forthcoming relaxed and gradual ease on lockdown of the nation taking effect from Monday, 4th May 2020.
He said, “in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May 2020.
According to the president, the next One-week extension comes with strictly aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing. The government will further allow some business and economic activities restored in some sectors of the nation.
“However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.
Speaking on the modalities of the lockdown and the next one-week extension, President Muhammadu Buhari said there will be a curfew from 8pm to 6am and no movement in whatever form is allowed except for essential services.
“There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers”, he said.
“Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.
“We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene. For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020”, he concluded.