The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, has asked the Federal Government to scale down to partial mode, with relaxed restrictions, in the ongoing lockdown.
In a letter dated Friday, April 24, and addressed to the Chairman, Presidential Task Force, PTF, on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, the NGF requested for, subject to President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval, internal free movements in all the States, but with restrictions on large gatherings.
Recall, that President Buhari had announced two weeks lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and extended it for another two weeks.
The other measures the Governors want to be incorporated 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.”
The NGF’s letter, signed by its Chairman, Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, said that its position is a follow up to a teleconference meeting with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, April 20.