The Federal Government of Nigeria has warned state governments against reopening schools and other activities of mass gatherings ahead of proposed relaxation of measures taken to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 gave the warning at the group’s daily briefing in Abuja on Monday June 15.
Mustapha who also decried the continous violation of the interstate travel ban, stated that the country is not yet ready for some activities proposed by some states.
“We have received reports that some states are contemplating the reopening of schools, television viewing centres, sports stadium and other places where large gatherings could take place.
“The PTF re-emphasises that it is not yet safe to do so and that utmost caution should be exercised. The PTF guideline should still be complied with while considering decision of this nature.
“In the course of our monitoring and surveillance of compliance across the nation, we have observed an escalation of the level of non-compliance with simple measure to keep social distancing, wearing of masks in public places, sanitation and hygiene.
“This is more prevalent in markets, motor parks and some places of worship. I wish to remind you that the PTF has already issued guidelines for mode of operations at places of worship and urge state Governments to ensure strict compliance with PTF guidelines.
“We wish to re-emphasise that all relaxed measures are still subject to review and advisories issued are for personal and public safety purposes. The breach of the ban on inter-state travels is also a point of concern.”
Mustapha also disclosed that the increased number of cases across the country is as a result of increased testing.
“We however urge Nigerians not to panic but to cooperate with public health officials especially where community testing is on-going.
“Since the beginning of our multi-sectoral national response, we have described medical personnel as our frontline workers. We also continuously pleaded with Nigerians to take responsibility.
“The reality today is that the table has turned and the community spread phase has suddenly made the health workers our last line of defence.”
This is coming after the Cross River state government announced plan for public schools in the state to resume on June 16. Kano state on the other hand had also announced the opening of football viewing centres across the state as football leagues in different countries around the world resume.