President Buhari Approves Gradual Easing Of Lockdown Measures. Following his nationwide address on National TV, Head of states, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved for the gradual easing of the lockdown measures effective from Monday, 4th of May.
In his speech moments ago, the President said: “In line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.”
“However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.”
“Furthermore, new nationwide measures are to be introduced as follows;
a. There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services;
b. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;
c. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers”.
However, preemptive measures for a total lockdown in Kano state for another two weeks was approved by the President with immediate effect.
The President also noted that though the lockdown order will be gradually lifted, social and religious gatherings are however still restricted till further notice.