According to Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Federation Government, and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 have said that President Muhammadu Buhari will open all economic activities, schools, and religious activities after this second phase of lockdown if they adopt the new strategies under the COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines.
Mustapha, who disclosed this during the daily media briefing on Tuesday (yesterday) said that Buhari’s decision to extend the eased lockdown for another two weeks is to try and contain the spread of COVID-19 before the economy is fully reopened.
According to Mustapha, the first phase of the eased lockdown expired on Monday, May 18, and Buhari has now extended it by another two weeks until June 1. He said the decision to reopen the economy slowly, is based on current experiences from different countries and expert advice.
Mustapha stressed that the decision is not punitive and that the government shares in the pains and concerns of its citizens, adding that our future remains in our hands, and compliance is one of the keys to opening that future. He emphasized that the two additional weeks should be utilized by businesses, offices, professional bodies, places of worship, educational institutions, etc awaiting reopening to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines, as behavioral change is a must for every citizen because COVID-19 has changed the world completely.
Boss Mustapha, therefore, urged all schools, places of worship, businesses, offices, etc to use this period to plan and adopt new strategies under a COVID-19 era in line with the guidelines.