The Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has said state governments, community and religious leaders will be responsible for the next phase of battle against COVID-19.
Boss Mustapha, who is the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, said the decision was due to the fact that Nigeria was currently experiencing community infection.
The SGF made the disclosure after he and members of the task forcemet President Muhammadu Buhariat the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday.
Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Boss Mustapha disclosed that the Federal Government will only provide supervision and coordination, going further.
He said: “The ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states because we have gone into community transmission.
“Where are the communities? The communities are in the states. So, the ownership of the next stage will be the responsibility of the states, the local government, the traditional institutions, the religious leaders at the different levels of our communities, because that is where the problem is.”
Statistics by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, showed that the country now has10,162 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This followed the confirmation of 307 new cases.
Earlier, Marydave.ng reported that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 submitted parts of its recommendations on partial reopening of schools, places of worships and some additional businesses for possible consideration by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The chairman of the PTF, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the PTF has no problem with state governments that ordered reopening of places of worships in view of the power given to the states to do so by the constitution, adding that the states are sub-nationals.