Buhari suspends weekly FEC meeting, closes land borders for 4 weeks

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*Approves postponement of council of state meetings

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the suspension of weekly FEC meetings until further notice.

The President also approved the postponement of meeting of Council of State scheduled for Thursday 26 March, 2020.

According to Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Federal Government and Chairman of Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus, the development followed the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus, (PTFCOVID19).

Mustapha said the President also approved the closure of all land borders that had been hitherto under partial closure but “it shall now be closed to human traffic for 4 weeks effective 23rd March, 2020.”

He added that, “a circular to be issued by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) shall direct on actions to be taken immediately in order to protect Federal Civil and Public Servants.

“If and when the need arises, any national assets required for use in the response to COVID-19 shall be mobilized and deployed.

“Federal Government is at the highest level, engaging with State Governors in order to ensure a collaborative and effective response to #COVID19.

“All Abuja and Lagos residents are strongly advised to stay at home, avoid mass congregation of any kind as well as non-essential outings, until further advice is given.”

He further stated that PTFCOVID19 assured all Nigerians of the concern of President Muhammadu Buhari and his determination to mobilize all resources to backup this national response.

He added that this commitment should be reciprocated by all citizens by respecting the advisory and obeying measures put in place to curtail the spread of #COVID19.

Mustapha said the Presidential Task Force #PTFCOVID19 shall be updating Nigerians from time to time as the need arises.

 

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