The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to reduce the total lockdown imposed in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.
This was included in a letter dated April 24, 2020 and signed by NGF chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
The letter was addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.
The Governors have asked President Buhari to give the allowance of free movement in all the states, but restricting large gatherings.
The other things the governors want to be added into President Buhari’s impending pronouncement on the lockdown are: “Inter-state lockdown, excluding movement of essential supplies- food, beverages, medical and pharmaceutical, petroleum supplies and agricultural products; internal free movement but with restrictions on large gatherings and assemblies; overnight curfews; lockdown of flights; and compulsory use of face masks/coverings in the public.”
Fayemi said NGF’s position was a follow up to a teleconference meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on April 22, 2020.
“Recall at the meeting it was agreed that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) articulates the issues that it would want to be included in the next Presidential Pronouncement on COVID-19 so as to have a Uniform and coordinated Policy on COVID-19 at both the national and sub-national levels,” he added.
Nigeria has currently recorded 1095 cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 208 discharged and 32 deaths.
President Buhari is expected to make a new announcement on Monday, April 27, when the second 14-day lockdown elapses.