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President Muhammadu Buhari Relaxes Lockdown in FCT, Lagos, Ogun from 4th May 2020

President Mohammadu Buhari has approved a gradual easing of lockdown measures on Lagos, Ogun and FCT from 4th of May 2020.


In a Nationwide broadcast, the president said the step was taken based on 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.

He said however that 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, the president explained that the new nationwide measure to be introduced include an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services.

Also, There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice, while Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers.

The president stressed that mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene would be strictly enforced.


President Mohammadu Buhari, however, explained that the restrictions on social and religious gatherings would remain in place as State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists were encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.


While appreciating the first-line workers, the security agencies and other stakeholders for their relentless efforts in the fight against COVID-19, the president urged all Nigerians to continue to create awareness on the seriousness of the coronavirus among the populace and strictly comply with public health advisories.


Furthermore, new nationwide measures are to be introduced as follows;
a. There will be an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am. 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; and
d. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene.

Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.

Anthonia Akanji /Ojeakhe Ozoya/ Adebukola Aluko

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