The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, has stated that the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 lacks the power to end or extend the lockdown imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The SGF said this on Monday, while responding to questions from Reporters, stating clearly that only President can take a decision on that issue.
His words: “He (Buhari) and he alone will make the decision, as to when the lockdown would either be extended or it will stop at the expiration of 14 days.”
Mustapha said this at the briefing in Lagos, of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, which he chairs.
He however, noted that the President would have to review the recommendations of the team set up to monitor the various measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, and cushion its effects on the people.
The SGF explained that members of the Task Force were in Lagos, to inspect the Isolation Centres in the State, as part of the responsibilities of the team.
He added: “We are looking at the objectives that were set when the lockdown or the quarantine declaration was signed by the President, and subsequently by several other States.
“Before the end of the week, we will do an evaluation, and part of the trip here was to do an evaluation to see how the objectives that were set were being met, and at the end of that exercise, we would have the responsibility of reporting to Mr. President.”
He recalled that the President had in his declaration, explained how he arrived at the decision to impose the lockdown in the two States of Lagos and Ogun, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
According to him, President Buhari took the decision on the advice of the Minister of Health, and other Health Experts, which eventually led to the signing of the Quarantine Declaration 2020.