On Monday July 6, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, complained about the spike in Covid-19 cases among people in the government, saying it was directly impacting on governance amd security in the country.
The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said this during the task force briefing in Abuja. He also noted the possibility of ordering a fresh total lockdown, in order to curb further spread of the virus.
The SGF, Mustapha, advised prominent Nigerians to take Covid-19 protocols seriously.
Mustapha’s warning came amid rising cases of the virus, among state governors and other prominent Nigerians.
A number of governors have been reported to testing positive with Covid-19 and the list includes David Umah of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State. All three governors are said to have contacted the virus.
The SGF said: “Of recent, we have witnessed a high rate of positive cases especially among people in authority. This has a direct impact on governance and security of our nation. We urge that vigilance and care should be exhibited by all Nigerians, irrespective of status. This virus does not discriminate and the PTF shall keep sustaining its sensitisation messaging.”
The SGF was asked if the PTF would be considering a fresh lockdown, and it was said that the events of the coming weeks, would determine the next line of action by the PTF.
When asked if the task force would be considering a fresh lockdown in the face of what it observed as disregard for guidelines, Mustapha said events of coming weeks would determine the next line of action.
He said, “We will not speculate on what will happen in future but we will protect the lives of Nigerians.
“To achieve that, if it means to lock down again, we will not shy away from that responsibility. We will recommend to the President who will look at the report and take a decision on our recommendation. What happens in the next two three weeks will determine what we will do.”
According to the Minister of Health, Ehanire Osagie, the ministry plans to boost overall Covid-19 sample collection, by preparing eligible public and private hospitals nationwide, to become colelction sites.
He said a 17-man team of the ministry left Abuja for Calabar to engage with the Cross River State Government in setting up its COVID-19 response and aligning it with the national response.