Governors of the 36 states of the federation are set to put measures in place to prevent the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
This is contained in a communique after a tele-conference meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) yesterday.
Chairman of the NGF and Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, read the communique after the meeting.
He said, “All COVID-19 Task Forces in the various States will work closely with their Palliatives Implementation Committees to target the most vulnerable population in society for the distribution of the CACOVID palliatives, particularly in local governments that have been identified as epicentres.
“States will also take cognizance of the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 infection and should start preparing preventive measures.”
He said the Forum would continue to engage with the federal government on the suspension of State counterpart funds required for accessing UBE funds.
According to him, the Forum had adopted the Report of the National Economic Council Ad-Hoc Committee on COVID-19 chaired by the Vice President, which recommended the immediate suspension of the requirement for State Governments to provide matching funds to access grants like UBEC.
“In preparation for the 2019 Annual Performance Assessment of the SFTAS programme which is expected to start from 9th August 2020, State governments will ensure appropriate health and security measures are put in place to ensure a seamless exercise by the teams from the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation (OAuGF),” the communique added.
…PTF Approves Gradual Resumption Of International Flights
The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has approved gradual resumption of international flights and train services across the country.
This is part of the decisions reached at the end of the second extension of the second phase of ease of lockdown.
Speaking at the daily briefing of the PTF, the chairman of PTF and the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, said: “It is important to ensure that restrictions are not completely relaxed in order to control transmission. It is also important that at this Community Transmission Phase of the pandemic, sub-national governments step up to take more responsibilities by owning the response.
“To sustain gains already made, therefore, the PTF recommended to the President, the retention of the current phase of the response with minor changes to address economic, socio-political and health concerns.
“ It is however important to inform you that the major changes being proposed are aimed at achieving the following: Gradual re-opening of international air flights within established parameters; Re-opening of rail transportation within established parameters; Granting permission to exit classes to resume ahead of examinations; Allowing civil servants from Grade Level 12 to resume work; and Opening recreational parks for supervised exercises.”
Also speaking, the coordinator of PTF, Dr Sanni Aliyu said the PTF has communicated to the aviation ministry to commence process of reopening international flights.
Also speaking, the minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika explained that the aviation sector is ready to open at any moment.
He also explained that the international flights would open as soon as it is safe to operate adding that all efforts are being put in place to ensure the reopening in weeks and not in months.
…Again, FG Extends Second Phase Of Eased Restrictions By 4 Weeks
The federal government has extended the second phase of the eased restrictions for the third consecutive time.
Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha announced this yesterday during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID -19.
Mustapha who is also the chairman of the PTF said the past nine weeks (precisely from 2nd June, 2020), the country have been running the phase 2 of the eased lockdown, which has witnessed two extensions.
He said that these extensions were necessitated by observed lack of compliance with prescribed measures, dangers associated with community spread infections and the need to strengthen critical areas of the Response Strategy for effectiveness.
He further explained that to sustain gains already made, therefore, the PTF recommended to the President, the retention of the current phase of the response with minor changes to address economic, socio-political and health concerns.
He, however pointed out that the major changes being proposed are aimed at achieving the following:
“Gradual re-opening of international air flights within established parameters; Re-opening of rail transportation within established parameters.
“Granting permission to exit classes to resume ahead of examinations; Allowing civil servants from Grade Level 12 to resume work and Opening recreational parks for supervised exercises.”