The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), has told governors to exercise caution in lifting the ban on religious gatherings imposed on their states by the federal government, to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Boss Mustapha, PTF chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said this on Thursday at the daily briefing in Abuja.
He reiterated that the ban on gatherings of more than 20 people remained banned.
He emphasised the “need for states to diligently implement and enforce compliance. Particularly, I underscore the need for the governors to provide personal and strong leadership, carry the policy of community ownership to the grass-roots and create deeper awareness.”
“Governors are also advised on the decision taken by some of their colleagues to permit large gatherings as such decisions could inadvertently endanger the elderly, the sick and those with underlying factors during such gatherings. The strong advisory from the PTF is that large gatherings beyond 20 persons remain prohibited and should be adhered to”, he warned.
The SGF also announced that the PTF will work with the National Assembly, following the inauguration of an Ad-Hoc Committee on COVID-19.
“The PTF on COVID-19 is pleased to inform you that in order to underscore the seriousness attached to this COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives has set up an Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Committee.
“In deepening the existing collaborative spirit, we shall work together with the legislature to be more productive and add value to the overall delivery of service to Nigerians on behalf of whom we hold our responsibility in trust,” he also said.
Governors of Cross River, Ebonyi, Kano, Borno, Zamfara, Bauchi, Nasarawa, among others, have lifted the ban on gatherings in their States.