Decision to Extend Lockdown not Punitive- Boss Mustapha

The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and chairman of the presidential task force on covid-19, Boss Mustapha has said that the decision to extend the lockdown for another two weeks was not punitive.

He made this statement during the daily covid-19 media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, May 20. He added that there was a need to strike a balance between safety and economic considerations before reopening the economy totally.

In his statement, "“I wish to repeat that the decision is not punitive. We share your pains and also share your concerns, however, our future remains in our hands and compliance is one of the keys to opening that future.
“​As we go into the first week of the extension of phase one under the eased lockdown regime, we appeal once more to everyone, to diligently comply with measures put in place."

He also reiterated the importance of strict compliance with the curfew rules, ban of interstate travels, observance of physical and social gatherings, observance of personal and respiratory hygienes and the use of the face masks.

He said the two additional weeks should be used by businesses, offices, professional bodies, places of worship, educational institutions awaiting reopening to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era.

He assured essential workers, such as the front line medical personnel, the media, environmental health workers, farmers and agro-related service providers, oil and gas services, aviation, the power sector and others of adequate protection.
He, however, urged them to always go with their means of identifications.


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