Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, has reiterated that the
country must delicately strike a balance between safety and the economy before fully reopening.
Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, made the declaration
during yesterday’s briefing of the task force.
He said the painful decision to continue with the second phase of lockdown as directed by President
MuhammaduBuhari on Monday was taken out of caution and observation of current experiences from
different countries, as well as advice from experts.
“Again, I wish to repeat that the decision is not punitive, we share your pains and also share your
concerns. However, our future remains in our hands and compliance is one of the keys to opening that
“I must add also that we were persuaded by the history of global pandemics because it is replete with
evidence of exponential rise in pandemic upon early lifting of restrictions, for which the 1918–1920
influenza remains the most recent example in human history,” he reiterated.
The SGF stated that the PTF had earlier met with the Joint Health Committees of the National Assembly
to seek further collaboration and support for the battle against COVID-19.
“We robustly presented the Health Sector Response to the pandemic. As expected, the interactive
session was very useful and PTF COVID-19 received a re-assurance of the support from the legislature,’’
Mustapha added that the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria, PRCAN, has offered the
services of its members to the PTF to provide risk communication strategy to enable government
strategically and effectively communicate with more Nigerians on the pandemic.”
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