President Mohammadu Buhari
-By Victoria Opeyemi
President Muhammadu Buhari in a nationwide broadcast extended the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun by 14 days.
This is in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus which has entered community transmission phase.
“Having carefully considered the briefings and report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days, the president said.”
According to the president, the objective of the government is to contain the spread of coronavirus and to provide space, time and resources for an aggressive and collective action.
He remarked on the level of compliance across the country, “The Covid-19 guidelines issued has been generally good across the country.” While commending traditional rulers, religious leaders and public-spirited individuals for their support.
Buhari disclosed that he has given directive on the current social register to be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million in the next two weeks. “This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programs.”
On the aspect of food security, the President said, Presidential Fertilizer Initiative will work with the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 to ensure that the pandemic will not have adverse effect on 2020 farming season in the country.