Due to the large number of VIPs infected with the Coronavirus, the Federal government(FG) has banned all unnecessary travel for meetings of government officials until further notice.
The move was announced by the Federation government Secretary and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustafa, on Monday, July 13, in Abuja.
Mustafa, speaking at the joint national task force briefing, further stated that until further notice, government or Board meetings should be held virtually, especially where the number of participants exceeds 4.
The Chairman of the presidential task force also noted that Nigerians must remain vigilant and play their part, since the deadly virus will not disappear if people give up security.
According to the SGF, the decision to suspend travel was part of the outcome of the mid-term review of The national response strategy by the task force.
Mustafa also advised members of the political class, for whatever reasons they were going, to exercise extreme caution.
“To this end, all government agencies should continue to hold virtual meetings in their offices, especially when the number of participants exceeds four, and suspend all unnecessary travel for meetings.
“For corporate organizations, members of the Board of Directors, in particular, the resumption of domestic flights should not be misinterpreted.
“The PTF also strongly encourages virtual gatherings; we continue to urge places of worship to carefully follow the guidelines for holding public gatherings, and we urge members of the political class to exercise maximum discretion in their gatherings for any reason,” he said.
Meanwhile, Globalgistng reported that the Federal government has expressed concern about an increase in positive cases of the virus among people in leadership positions.
The Federal government expressed its concern through the COVID-19 PTF, led by Mustafa.
Speaking at a PTF press briefing on Monday, July 6, Mustafa described the situation as a threat to national security and public administration.
The SGF instructed all Nigerians to be vigilant, adding that recent events have confirmed that COVID-19 does not discriminate or respect positions.
In addition, the Federal government has said that to address the shortage of tests in Nigeria, it plans to establish one sample collection center in each local government area in the country.
A sample collection center has already been established in the Federal capital territory (FCT) of Abuja, and all public hospitals in the FCT have been designated as sample collection centers.