President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is weighing options whether to declare a fresh nationwide lockdown as number of new COVID-19 cases keep rising nation-wide by alarming rate.
According to information released by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, the government has hinted on the possibility of imposing a nationwide lockdown if cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, revealed the possibility of another nationwide lockdown on Thursday during the PTF daily briefing that another lockdown may not be inevitable.
According to him: “This is the time to lock down if it were within my power. This is the time to lock down because I can see the attitude of people romancing with COVID-19,” Mustapha said.
“The daily increase in confirmed cases, the Federal Government feels a sense of frustration because we can see glaringly the danger ahead and you can see the level of recklessness on the part of people who should know better.”
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation stressed that ordering another lockdown won’t be out of place, considering the increasing number of COVID-19 cases across the country.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 lamented that the way Nigerians were romancing the virus indicated that there was danger ahead.
According to the record available to 9News Nigeria, Nigeria has on Thursday June 25th 2020, recorded 22,614 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), with 7,822 recoveries and 549 deaths.
The states with the highest number of Coronavirus cases so far include Lagos which has recorded 9,323 confirmed cases, 1,458 recoveries and 126 deaths. Abuja has 1,622 confirmed cases, 497 recoveries and 30 deaths while Kano has recorded 1,191 cases, 774 recoveries and 51 deaths.
Soldiers Dancing Over Removal Of Buratai As Chief Of Army Staff (Video)
Soldiers Dancing Over Removal Of Buratai As Chief Of Army Staff (Video)
Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday, were seen jubilating over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff in Maiduguri. As shared by Omoyele Sowore on Twitter.
See soldiers rejoicing over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army staff of @HQNigerianArmy imagine what’s #Nigerians will do when his incompetent boss @MBuhari is also retired permanently from #Nigeria’s political space. imagine it! #RevolutionNow pic.twitter.com/VN7iDDqFCo
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) January 27, 2021
See soldiers rejoicing over the removal of Tukur Buratai as the Chief of Army staff of
imagine what’s #Nigerians will do when his incompetent boss
is also retired permanently from #Nigeria’s political space. imagine it! #RevolutionNow
Buhari Signs Regulations To Make Wearing Facemasks Mandatory
Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 which made the use of face masks in public places mandatory among other measures to curtail further spread of COVID-19.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the President signed the document on Tuesday.
He said the President signed the document in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.
Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, fitness centre or any other similar establishment “except he is wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth, he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, and his body temperature has been checked. Any person found to have a body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius shall be denied entry and advised to immediately seek medical attention.”
Part 1 which deals with restrictions on gatherings stipulates that at all gatherings, a physical distance of at least two metres shall be maintained at all times between persons.
It added, [b]“Notwithstanding the provision of Regulation 1, no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space.
“All persons in public gatherings, whether in enclosed or open spaces, shall adhere to the provisions of Part 2 of these Regulations.”
Part three, among other provisions, stipulates that persons confirmed to have tested positive to COVID-19 by an NCDC accredited laboratory, may not refuse isolation and or admission to a designated health establishment for management of the disease .
Part four which, deals with penalties, stipulates a fine or six months imprisonment or both for violators.
It read, “Any person who contravenes the provisions of these Regulations commits an offence.
“Any person who, without reasonable cause, contravenes a direction given under Parts 1 and 2 of these Regulations commits an offence.
“Any person who, without reasonable cause, obstructs an authorised official from enforcement of these Regulations commits an offence.
“An offence under these Regulations is punishable, on summary conviction, by a fine or a term of six months imprisonment or both in accordance with Section 5 of the Quarantine Act.”
Part 5 which deals with enforcement and application read “Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and other relevant Local Government, State and Federal Government agencies are hereby directed to enforce the provisions of these Regulations.
“Any officer of the enforcement agencies who fails, neglects, or refuses to enforce the provisions of these Regulations shall be subject to disciplinary action by the disciplinary body of his respective agency.”
We Do Not Take Your Sacrifices For Granted – Ekwunife
….As Biafran War Veterans Pay Her A Visit
The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Uche Ekwunife (Iyom) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, received the leadership of the Biafran war veterans who visited her constituency office in Awka.
Biafran war veterans were military men who fought on the Biafran side during the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War. They were led to the Senator’s office by their Nationwide Commander, General Osita Osai.
Senator Ekwunife who had been interfacing with her constituents for the better part of the week, received the veterans who came to appreciate her for positively addressing their letter which sought her intervention on their request from the Federal Government.
Speaking during the meeting, General Osita Osai, appreciated Senator Ekwunife for standing tall in the National Assembly and representing her people effectively. He stated that the veterans were thankful over the steps she had taken towards addressing their request from Government and appealed to her to give them the necessary support in their struggle to be paid the benefits due to them.
Also re-echoing the same concern, the Spokesman of the group, Major General Peter Igboka said that the veterans have put in so much efforts to see that they receive the money meant to settle their gratuities and pension from the Federal Government without much success. He lamented that some of their counterparts in other geopolitical zones have received the Five Million Naira approved by the United Nations for each surviving soldier of the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War except soldiers from the South East. A situation he stated has brought untold hardship to their colleagues, sending many to their early graves.
Reacting to their visit, Ekwunife reiterated that even though her responsibility as a Legislator is to make laws for peace, order and good governance, she consider it necessary to utilize the opportunities available to her office to impact on human lives. She stated that the government has a responsibility to take care of the veterans most of whom are aged and are in need of proper medical care.
Speaking further, the Federal Lawmaker stated that she was very much committed to pursuing the cause of the veterans whom she noted deserve to be taken care of by both the Federal and State governments. She assured that she will rally her colleagues from the South East to speak with one voice over their predicament.
Other members of the group present include, Major Gen Obiefuna Paulinus and Lieutenant Gen. Micheal Akonobi.
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