The Presidential Task Force (PTF) gave a briefing on COVID-19 earlier today to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse and the outcome of the meeting has led the Federal Government to lift the ban on interstate travel starting from the 1st of July, 2020 and the reopening of schools. This was disclosed by the Special Assistant to the President on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi on Monday, June 29, 2020, via his Twitter handle. He disclosed that:
“Following this presentation, PMB has approved the following: Phase 2 of Eased Lockdown will be extended for another 4 weeks (June 30–July 27) Permission of movement across State Borders outside of curfew hours, from July 1.” If you recall, the gradual easing of the first phase of the lockdown started on May 4 to May 17 with a nationwide curfew from only 8 pm to 6 am and was further extended by another 2 weeks to June 1. The second phase started from June 2 to June 29 and curfew moved to 10 pm to 4 am.
Furthermore, he tweeted “President Buhari has today approved the safe reopening of schools ONLY FOR STUDENTS IN GRADUATING CLASSES, to allow them to prepare for examinations. That is Primary 6, JSS3, and SSS3 to enable them to prepare for exams. Also approved: SAFE REOPENING of domestic aviation services “as soon as practicable.” NO DATES YET for reopening of SCHOOLS and AIRPORTS in Nigeria.
“All Daycare & Primary schools to remain closed until further evaluation, except for Common Entrance pupils. Secondary & Tertiary Schools to remain closed. Arrangements to be made for exiting JS3 & SS3 students to resume as soon as possible for preparation for exams.”
The meeting with Mr. President today was led by the Chairman of the presidential task force, Boss Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The task force members include the Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekwazu.
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