PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION OF 14 DAYS' RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENT MUST BE MATCHED WITH CONCRETE ACTIONS  - NEWS EXTRA ONLINE

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Friday, 27 March 2020

PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION OF 14 DAYS' RESTRICTIONS ON MOVEMENT MUST BE MATCHED WITH CONCRETE ACTIONS 






We are seized of the  statement on the State of Corona virus  by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , yesterday , Thursday, March 26, 2020 wherein orders were made approving the following:

"1. The immediate release of a 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State, which remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria. This grant will enable Lagos increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building.

2. The immediate release of a 5 billion Naira special intervention fund to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to equip, expand and provide personnel to its facilities and laboratories across the country.

3.The Nigerian Air Force is already making its fleet available to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, to enable a better coordinated and more effective response across the country.
To protect our homeland from external exposure, I directed the immediate closure of our International Airports and Land Borders for four weeks in the first instance, to enable us put up the appropriate policies, processes and infrastructure to cope with suspected and confirmed cases at home, without risking a compounding of the situation with more imported cases.
The inconvenience caused by these flight and travel restrictions to our fellow citizens abroad who want to return home is regrettable, but it is necessary for the greater good, and I thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.

I have also directed that only cargo vessels that have been at sea for more than 14 days be allowed to dock in our ports, after the crew have been tested and confirmed disease-free by the Port Health Authorities."


While we welcome these measures and believe it is even long overdue, we are of the view that there is need for democratic control of the Corona Virus Intervention Fund , both in Lagos State and at the national level in order to ensure concrete actions are taken . 

We reiterate our call for the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health and National Centre for Control of Diseases to work with Action and Coordination Committees made up of representatives of trade unions , professional associations, students' forces , informal workers' groups and community movements in the communities, townships and state levels towards the containment of the dreaded disease.

Equally, we call for payment of Shutdown Allowance to households during the course of the 14 days' shutdown. 


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