Economically, they’ve been rendered hors de combat by the lockdown across the country since their existence depends on daily wages. Across Nigeria, di partial lockdown or curfew don make pipo siddon for house or work part time, even affect schools, businesses and religion. It’s time to end the hysteria about corona virus. States are battling with rise in teenage pregnancies, cases of rape with murder as a result of closure of schools. Prices of goods have shot up astronomically as a result of economic paralysis occasioned by the lockdown. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week. In my earlier piece, “Of Lockdowns and Social Inequalities”, I pointed out the injustice of using the resources that belonged to all to cater for a few: “There are ten hungry and famished homes in a street as a result of the lockdown. The lockdown is not sustainable. According to a series of tweet posts on the official Twitter handle of the Aide to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, the new instruction is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, following the President’s authorization at the briefing of the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital. Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha disclosed this at a briefing Monday in Abuja. READ: COVID-19: 79% of Africans are disposed to taking vaccine – Africa CDC Survey Report. Crimes are inevitable. The governors of Nigeria's 36 states have agreed to ban interstate movement for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, a joint … For now, the only Nigerians whose jobs and emoluments are secure are public sector workers, who are not up to five per cent of the country’s population. Time To End The Lockdown In Nigeria ... A degeneration of the social anomie is inevitable if the lockdown with the inter-state travel restrictions is not totally removed. The efforts of governments across the country are appreciated. They are to maintain non-pharmaceuticals intervention. President Buhari bars usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders. He stated, “Interstate movement may resume on June 21, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Dani Aliyu, gave the hint recently, as domestic flights expected to resume on June 21.”. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has called for an inter-state lockdown for the next two weeks in the country, to curb the spread of the coronavirus from state to state. Now out of isolation. The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has endorsed an inter-state lockdown in the country for another two weeks to contain spread of coronavirus among states of the country. The Bloomberg MEI alumni has interviewed some of the most influential figures of the IMF, G-20 Summit, Pre-G20 Central Bank Governors and Finance Ministers, Critical Communication World Conference. READ ALSO: U.S dollar gains, America sanctions Chinese Airlines from flying into the U.S. Interstate movement may resume on June 21, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, gave the hint recently, as domestic flights expected to also resume on June 21. There are lamentable tales of preventable deaths of citizens just because the health workers in the hospitals refused to attend to them for fear of COVID-19 infection. The Federal Government may lift the ban placed on interstate movements on June 21, 2020. Night clubs, bars, and event centres recorded increased turnout in recent weeks as more Nigerians returned from abroad for the holiday. 27, when Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari announced the plans to lift the lockdown, the country's Covid-19 case count has increased by 44% READ: FG to deploy 200 security officers to Apapa, Tin Can ports to clear gridlock. With the high rate of disregard of Nigerians for safety regulations such as social distancing and use of face masks, especially in markets, bus stops and bank premises, millions of Nigerians should have succumbed to the deadly disease! Nigeria extends coronavirus lockdown in key cities for two weeks. The restaurants, other than those in hotels must remain closed to eat-ins but are allowed to prioritize and continue to practice the takeaway measure that has been in place since the first phase. The forum made the call in a communiqué issued after its Wednesday’s 6th teleconference meeting, signed by its Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, … The Southeast Asian nation also blocked visitors with recent travel history to the United Kingdom and has reported very little local infections daily. Interstate movement may resume on June 21. In one state alone, the infant mortality in this year is higher than the number of citizens the nation has lost to COVID-19. FG may lift ban on interstate movement on June 21. Currently, there is a dangerous surge in crime. But how do the remaining nine hundred and eighty thousand citizens react to this intervention, when it is very clear that the resources that went to only twenty thousand people belong to all? They can only pay salaries from school fees. Malaria still continues to exact more tolls on the lives of compatriots than coronavirus. He described them as moderate, and advised Nigerians to pay attention to their health at all times. Nigerians had been falling sick before the advent of COVID-19, how can we then conclude that all those that have health issues during the lockdown must have been infected with coronavirus? Extension of the federal lockdown ends on Sunday May 9th Monday 4th May Relaxation window 7am – 5pm Wednesday 6th May Relaxation Window 7am – 5pm Friday 8th May Relaxation Window 7am – 5pm Curfew is from 8pm – 6am everyday Facemask is very important ,don’t go out without your facemask Taxicab for interstate must carry only 3 passengers The first phase of easing the lockdown ended on 1 June while the second phase was set to end by midnight of 29 June, but following its extension, it should now end on 27 July. It’s time to end the hysteria about coronavirus. According to NTA, the development is in line with the prevailing protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, restricting large gatherings. Interstate movement may resume on June 21. They generate their own income through the services they offer to the public. READ: Covid-19: Prime Minister of Eswatini dies of the virus. googletag.pubads().definePassback('/42150330/nairametrics/Nairametrics_incontent_new', [300, 250]).set("page_url", "%%PATTERN:url%%").setClickUrl("%%CLICK_URL_UNESC%%").display(); Get the scoops and market intelligence that can helpyou make better investment decisions right in yourmailbox. An economy already on life support is now in the throes of complete annihilation as inter-state movements are still banned. To enable commenting and other interactive features, please switch to the more advanced . Singapore disclosed that the new strain was an imported case from Europe and has already been placed in quarantine alongside those that the person had come in contact with. While addressing Lagosians, Sanwo-Olu explained the symptoms he experienced during the time he was infected. BREAKING: Nigeria lifts interstate travel ban, schools to re-open: The Federal Government has extended the Phase Two of the eased lockdown by four weeks, but partially lifted the ban on interstate movement. Singapore said that it placed 11 in quarantine and tests returned positive for the new strain, in a report cited by Reuters. Abiola has spent about 14 years in journalism. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Singapore has confirmed its first case of the UK strain of the Coronavirus. On Thursday, April 23, the governors of all of Nigeria's states announced a ban on interstate movement through Thursday, May 7, due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 5. Since Apr. Schools should reopen while managements should ensure compliance with social distancing and use of face masks. The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Lagos State on New Media, Gawat Jubril also took to Twitter this afternoon to disclose that the Governor was certified COVID-19 FREE, and will be performing his first public official function in two weeks by addressing Lagosians. Idle hands work for the devil! Some firms are not paying at all – they are not making money; they are no longer in business! Governments across the country should end COVID-19 lockdown today, not tomorrow. So pipo don dey ask wen di mata go end. Some companies are paying their staffs 50 per cent or 25 per cent of their salaries. On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. The present situation, occasioned by COVID-19 lockdown, can degenerate to social anomie. Worship centres should reopen with adherence to safety regulations. Because of limited resources, you give to one home while nine other homes watch with dismay… You have one million vulnerable citizens but governments are only able to provide food palliatives to twenty thousand! In the absence of bailouts from the central and state governments, the private academies are in dire financial straits. It breeds indignation and social resentment. Chairman of the governors’ forum and governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Wednesday… Our hearts are with them. A degeneration of the social anomie is inevitable if the lockdown with the inter-state travel restrictions is not totally removed. Mustapha said, “I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020. The video which was embedded in the tweet showed Sanwo-Olu, as he stepped out after staying in isolation for close to two weeks, owing to the viral infection. Nonetheless, we have to admit that the fear of health providers equally has a foundation. At the moment, the unemployment situation has skyrocketed. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja. If private primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions are to remain closed, then governments across the federation must bail them out financially, as they do not depend on government subvention or grants in order to pay their workers. The families of those Nigerians that lost their lives as a result of being neglected by health officials for fear of coronavirus infection have not died nor tested positive to the disease months after their loved ones had been buried! Only those providing essential services will be permitted to cross state boundaries. Any further delay in removing completely the lockdown may spell doom for the country. The multiple award winner is variously trained in business and markets journalism at Lagos Business School, and Pan-Atlantic University. President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the Aso Villa will not be opened for the usual Christmas homage by religious and community leaders. The present condition has led to the inescapable conclusion that Nigeria still appears to operate within Thomas Hobbes’ state of nature, the state of self-preservation, the survival of the fittest! Reports indicate the patient with the newer variant entered Singapore on December 6 and was declared positive on December 8. On Monday, April 7, the state authorities of Yobe and Jigawa announced a lockdown extension of 21 and 14 days, respectively, in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. The Federal Government may lift the ban placed on interstate movements on June 21, 2020. Could it be that the survival instincts of Nigerians are underrated? Normal life should return. He added that no vigils or crossover should hold in the State. As experts have predicted, coronavirus is not about to disappear even if we lock down Nigeria for the rest of the year. A degeneration of the social anomie is inevitable if the lockdown with the inter-state travel restrictions is not totally removed. In a related development, the ADC has also expressed support for the resolution of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to impose an inter-state lockdown for two weeks. As part of the measure in the new phase, the FG has announced the full reopening of the financial sector. This was disclosed by special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad on Thursday via his Twitter handle. These people did not fall sick because of an attack of coronavirus. You may contact him via email - [email protected]. Your email address will not be published. On Monday, December 21, 2020, announced the imposition of new Covid-19 restrictions across the country including advising on the shutting down bars, event centres over the next 5 weeks, according to Nairametrics. Everyone will have to adhere to this border close-up as military has been put in different borders to make sure state to state travel is not allowed for now till further notice. Under this condition, law and justice are absent. Worst hit are the private educational institutions. But now is the time for the nation to move on with life. The interstate borders have been closed since March to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Opeyemi, a media practitioner and public affairs commentator, wrote from Lagos. The Singaporean government has announced its first case of the new Covid-19 variant similar to that recently announced by the UK. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Lagos State Gboyega Akosile has revealed that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has tested negative for COVID-19. Chances are more Nigerians have lost their lives as a result of fear of COVID-19 than the number that actually succumbed to the dreaded contagion. Learn how your comment data is processed. This situation rankles. President Muhammadu Buhari says the nation’s response to the COVID-19 disease is a matter of ‘life and death’. The Health Ministry said it has been able to contain the case to prevent transmission across the city-state. This also coincided with an increased rate of Covid-19 infections across the country. His career has covered some top local print media like TELL Magazine, Broad Street Journal, The Point Newspaper. The guidelines for phase two, which will be in place from June 02, 2020 – June 29, 2020, include: The Nigerian government says the lockdown order placed on some states by President Muhammadu Buhari will be lifted when citizens fully comply with preventive measures to curtail against COVID-19. This was disclosed by special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad on Thursday via his Twitter handle. President Buhari, according to the source, urged Nigerians to avoid non-essential travels during the holiday season. As livelihoods of citizens are wiped off, the rate of suicide as a result of frustrations will increase. In another state, the maternal mortality is higher than the total number of compatriots that have succumbed to the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/OUMqb6lWQT, — Gboyega Akosile (@gboyegaakosile1) December 24, 2020. 6. Nigeria Governors’ Forum Share State Governors have formally requested that President Muhammadu Buhari in the next Presidential Pronouncement on COVID-19 announces an Inter-State lockdown but allow for free movement within states to ensure a uniformed and coordinated policy on the pandemic at national and subnational levels. Chairman of NGF and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this after its teleconference meeting, maintained that only essential services would be permitted during the period. This new development follows the outbreak of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in various parts of the country. This is not to suggest the infectious disease is not as deadly as assumed. […] It’s time the lockdown is terminated in Nigeria. Nigeria goment don lift di ban on interstate travel only outside curfew hours with effect from July 1st, 2020. By the morning of March 29th, 2020, the total confirmed cases within Nigeria had risen to ninety-seven. He said that the banks will now be allowed to operate at normal working hours five days a week as against the restricted time of 2 or 3 pm that was announced during the first phase of the easing of lockdown. However, gyms, cinemas, parks, nightclubs and bars are to still remain closed until further evaluation. Meanwhile, the FG last Monday, June 1, 2020, announced a cautious advance into the second phase of the national response to COVID-19. COVID-19: NCDC reports 1,133 new infections, total hits 80,922, Buhari urges family to uphold Nda-Isaiah’s legacies, COVID-19: PTF announces new travel rules for UK, South African passengers, Gunmen kidnap Oyo Deputy Minority leader’s sister, demand N20m ransom, I didn't appoint Sanusi as Kano Emir to spite Jonathan - Kwankwaso, EU and Britain seal post-Brexit trade deal. For months now, the children are not in school across the federation as a result of COVID-19 lockdown. Currently, more Nigerians are dying from other diseases than COVID-19. BEVERLY HILLS, April 22, (THEWILL) - Nigeria’s 36 state governors have unanimously agreed to lockdown their respective states and block inter-state travels for 14 days in an audacious bid to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus from State to State. We appreciate the efforts of governments across the federation to protect Nigerians from the infectious disease. We cannot kill a million in order to protect a ten. Nigerian President Buhari and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) have approved measures to being ‘phase two’ to ease the lockdown, which has been in place since March 29, 2020. The report by Nairametrics revealed that Sanwo-Olu was receiving treatment and closely monitored at home by the very experienced State COVID-19 clinical team from IDH Yaba. We sympathize with those who lost their loved ones to the pandemic. Federal government may remove the restriction on interstate travels on June 21, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Sani Aliyu said. The Presidential Task Force also gave the green light to hotels to reopen but must do so based on the guidelines rolled out by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). BREAKING NEWS: Governor of Lagos State, Mr. @jidesanwoolu test negative to #COVID19. Singapore also revealed that it has been conducting wider genomic sequencing tests for all arrivals from Europe. Tuesday, December 22 2020 The President had on April 27, announced a “phased and gradual easing” of the lockdown in Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states, while declaring a nationwide curfew with effect from May 4. This was announced by the national coordinator of the presidential task force on COVID-19, Dr Aliyu Sani. READ ALSO: Osinbajo sets up committee on reopening of Nigerian economy, suspends loan deductions for states. COVID-19: Governors demand another 14 days inter-state lockdown The Nigeria Governors ’ Forum (NGF) has called for an inter-state lockdown for the next two weeks in the country, to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Owing to the sudden halt in commercial activities, which has exacerbated the economic downturn in Nigeria, private organisations are laying off their workers. 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