President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the transition into the third phase of eased lockdown in the nation’s coordinated response to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Mr. Boss Mustapha announced this after his team inspected facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja towards the reopening of the nation’s international airspace.
The third phase according to Mustapha, will now take effect from Friday September 4 “in line with amendments to address economic, socio-political and health considerations reflected in the implementation guidelines.”
The SGF also disclosed that president Buhari has similarly approved the extension of the six-month mandate of the PTF which was due to expire on September 17, till the end of December.
Preparatory to the resumption of international flights, the chairman further stated that sanctions including the suspension of passports or denial of foreign travels for violation of current provisional travel related quarantine protocols would be introduced.
“Nigerians will all recall that at the onset of the eased lock down, the PTF drafted a three-phase strategy of easing the restrictions, ahead of a full reopening of the society and economy.
“Based on the foregoing, the PTF today submitted its 7th Interim Report to Mr. President for his consideration and approval. The main thrust of the recommendation is that Nigeria advances to the third phase of eased restrictions with further amendments, to address economic, socio-political and health concerns. This will last till a time when the epidemic is sufficiently controlled in Nigeria,” he said.