President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the gradual easing of the subsisting lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19; in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) effective Monday, May 4, 2020.
Buhari disclosed this in a state-wide broadcast aired on Monday, April 27, 2020.
In effect, the President has extended the lockdown by an extra week.
‘‘…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, May 4, 2020 at 9am.
‘‘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.’’
Further, the President declared an overnight curfew in the two states and the FCT; even as he reiterated a ban on public gatherings and non-essential inter-state travels.
‘The highlights of the new nationwide measures are as follows; selected businesses and offices can open from 9am to 6pm; there will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements are will be prohibited during this period except essential services. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice.
‘‘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 gathering shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.
‘‘For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall subsist remain in place; until these new ones come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020 at 9am.”
Nigeria is currently battling to rein in the COVID-19 pandemic which has continued its rampaging run across the country.
At the last count, a total of 32 states and the FCT have all reported at least one confirmed case. Based on the latest figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday night; Nigeria has so far recorded a total of 1273 cases of COVID-19, with Lagos responsible for 60 per cent of the cases.