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Consider the consequences, PTF tells states lifting ban on COVID-19 lockdown

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In the last 48 hours, Borno, Ebonyi Gombe and Adamawa states have lifted the ban on lockdown.

The presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 has asked states lifting lockdown to consider the consequences before implementing such decision.

President Muhammadu Buhari had locked down, Lagos, Ogun and Abuja as parts of the federal government effort to flatten the curve of the spread of the coronavirus disease.

The president also urged states to take necessary steps to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic which subsequently led to restriction of movement and public gathering order in several states.

This seems to have come to an and as some states lifted ban on lockdown following pressure from residents.

In the last 48 hours, Borno, Ebonyi Gombe and Adamawa states have lifted the ban on lockdown.

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, on Friday at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on, advised states that have taken such decision to weigh the consequences of their action.

“​In providing leadership for the fight against this pandemic, Mr. President did encourage state governments to adopt national guidelines as suitable to their state and expects that such adaptation should be informed by empirical evidence of progress made,” he said.

“The PTF, therefore, urges states that are lifting restrictions which allows for a large congregation of people to weigh their consequences in relation to creating opportunities for more seeding of the virus thereby negating gains already made.”

He also said the PTF  had received over N700 million in support of the fight against COVID-19.

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Mustapha said when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, corporate bodies, development partners, individuals, groups, religious bodies, rose up massively to make donations in cash and kind.

“For effective coordination and accountability, the office of the accountant-general published five bank accounts into which donations could be paid and swept into a CBN TSA account, daily,” he said.

“​Consistent with the open government policy driven by transparency and accountability of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, the PTF promised that details of all cash donations would be publicly provided.

“I am pleased to report that the OAGF has published the details of inflow into the FGN COVID-19 eradication support accounts. As at May 14, 2020, the sum of N792,121,613.89 (Seven Hundred and Ninety Two Million, One Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirteen Naira and Eighty Nine Kobo) has been credited into the TSA account from various in-country sources.

“I particularly want to commend the sacrifice of some ordinary Nigerians typified by the donations as low as one naira, which for us comes from the purest of hearts.”

He said the committee extends its appreciation of other several groups that have been supportive.

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