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Lockdown: FG appeals to Nigerian traders not to hike price of goods

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Presidency Task Force PTF Covid-19 has appealed to the Nigerian traders and business men and women for resistance to the urge to hike prices of goods and commodities, during the 14days Lockdown as the compassionate nature must prevail while government curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Secretary General of Federation and Chairman PTF Covid-19 at the National Press Briefing on Friday as the body getting positive reports that there has been high level of compliance with the lockdown orders in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory.

The PTF finds it very necessary to appeal to our Law Enforcement Agencies to deploy tact and caution in the course of enforcing the rules, even, in the face of provocation. “We similarly appeal to all Nigerians to be law abiding, exercise patience and self-restraint. The message from Mr. President is that no Nigerian should on account of these rules suffer any harm or pains during this period or at any time in our national life.

He said in recognition of the danger to which the frontline health workers are exposed to, Government is working with other stakeholders to structure medical and life insurance cover for their protection. “I therefore wish to assure them of our commitment and urge them to put in their utmost best as they battle to save us from this ravaging disease”.

The role of the Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in this battle is also well recognized. “I however urged them to deploy their resources, especially community-based manpower to shore up the arrangements by the sub-national entities”.

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