Monday, 08 March, 2021

PRESIDENT BUHARI APPROVES THIRD PHASE TO REOPEN THE ECONOMY


PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON THURSDAY APPROVED NIGERIA’S ADVANCEMENT TO THE THIRD PHASE OF EASED RESTRICTIONS WITH FURTHER AMENDMENTS.

The third phase will last till a time when the epidemic is sufficiently controlled in Nigeria.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said at Thursday’s briefing in Abuja.

The President has also extended the work of the PTF which is supposed to end on the 17th of this month to the end of December.

Mustapha said: “Nigerians will all recall that at the onset of the eased lock down, the PTF drafted a three-phase strategy of easing the restrictions, ahead of a full reopening of the society and economy. In determining what phase of the strategy to move to, the PTF tried to balance the public health and economic considerations alongside data analysis.

“The PTF believes that while Nigeria is not ready for a full re-opening of the economy, there has been sufficient progress to warrant significant further relaxation of the restrictions applied.

“Based on the foregoing, the PTF today submitted its 7th Interim Report to Mr. President for his consideration and approval. The main thrust of the recommendation is that Nigeria advances to the third phase of eased restrictions with further amendments, to address economic, socio-political and health concerns. This will last till a time when the epidemic is sufficiently controlled in Nigeria.

“Accordingly, Mr. President has considered and approved the following: Transition into the third Phase of the National Response to COVID-19 for a period of four weeks with effect from 12.01 am on Friday 4th September, 2020 in line with amendments to address economic, socio-political and health considerations reflected in the implementation guidelines;

The President said we will continued engagement with States and Local Governments to improve community sensitisation on the response;

“Maintaining the current non-pharmaceutical interventions nationwide;

“Urging the State governments to work with Local Government authorities in their states to intensify necessary measures such as contact tracing, grassroots engagement and risk communication;

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