#COVID19: Why Nigeria Not Ready for Full Reopening of Economy – PTF

Nigeria’s federal government has said full reopening of the country’s economy would not be possible at this time.

Boss Mustafa

Boss Mustapha

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force for #COVID19, Boss Mustapha gave the hint during a briefing on the ongoing fight against the pandemic in the country.

According to him, “Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.”

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He noted that “any relaxation will only portend grave danger for our populace.”

However, the government plans to impose lockdown measures in specific areas that report rapid increases in cases of coronavirus disease but would slow the phased reopening of the economy.

The government said its phased reopening of strict lockdowns in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states would also go more slowly than initially planned, extending the current phase of the gradual reopening of the economy for another 14 days.

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The nationwide curfew from 8.00pm to 6.00 pm ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari remains in force, while enforcement of wearing of facemasks by individuals in public and ban of travel between states remains.

The country would step up enforcement of these measures in the next two weeks of the extension of the current phase of the gradual reopening of the economy.

 

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