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Covid-19:Buhari orders 14days lockdown in FCT,others to trace contacts

Oluwaseun Sonde

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President Muhammed Buhari has directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020 as this containment period will be used to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases of Covid-19.

He made this known while addressing the nation on Covid-19 pandemic today, he said Nigerians must see this as their national and patriotic duty to control and contain the spread of this virus as the confirmed cases rised to Ninety Seven (97) while the majority of these cases are in Lagos and Abuja.

He said all citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. “Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period. The Governors of Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Minister of the FCT have been notified. Furthermore, heads of security and intelligence agencies have also been briefed.

“This order does not apply to hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution, commercial establishments such as, food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum distribution and retail entities, power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and private security companies are also exempted”, he said.

He added that residents of satellite and commuter towns and communities around Lagos and Abuja whose livelihoods will surely be affected by some of these restrictive measures. “We shall deploy relief materials to ease their pains in the coming weeks.

 I have directed that a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans be implemented with immediate effect. “Furthermore, although schools are closed, I have instructed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with State Governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding program during this period without compromising our social distancing policies.

The Minister will be contacting the affected States and agree on detailed next steps”, he said. He therefore asked Nigerians affected by this order to put aside personal comfort to safeguard themselves and fellow human beings. “This common enemy can only be controlled if we all come together and obey scientific and medical advice.

We also call on all Nigerians to take personal responsibility to support those who are vulnerable within their communities, helping them with whatever they may need”, he said.

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