President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to approve the reopening of churches and mosques from Monday this week. Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha says appropriate recommendations on the reopening of worship centres have been forwarded to the President for approval.
Mustapha was responding to questions from journalists after he led members of the PTF to brief the President as the first phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions elapses nationwide. He says the states have a critical role to play in the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown.
After submitting the fourth interim report to President Buhari on the gradual reopening of the economy at the Presidential Villa, the PTF said Nigeria is still in the most dangerous stage of the Covid-19 pandemic which is community transmission and its high time states, local governments, traditional and religious institutions take ownership of the next stage of the gradual easing of lockdown.
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When asked if Nigeria is truly winning the fight against Covid-19, the PTF Chairman said the country is not out of the woods yet, hence the need for Nigerians to support government by adhereing to all guidelines.
President Buhari is expected to approve the recommendations of the PTF on which segment of the economy will be allowed to open on Monday.