The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, would chair the Presidential Task Force for the Control of the Coronavirus-19 Disease (COVID-19) established by President Muhammadu Buhari
According to Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Task Force was established by President Muhammadu Buhari due to the current global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus and its potential of causing significant disruption to health services in the country as well as impacting negatively on the economy,
Shehu said that the action was in preparation for the unlikely but probable major outbreak of the disease in the country which will require a multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) similar to that adopted for the HIV epidemic in the last two decades.
Other members of the start-and-finish task group, which would be expected to deliver within a maximum period of six months, are Dr. Sani Aliyu – National Coordinator, Hon. Minister of Health, Hon. Minister of Interior, Hon. Minister of Aviation, Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Services, Hon. Minister of Education, Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Hon. Minister of Environment, Director-General, State Services, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and WHO Country Representative.