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COVID-19: Inter-state travel ban, still in force – FG



PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that the policy restricting people from traveling across states in the country is still  in force.

  Speaking during Monday’s briefing in Abuja yesterday, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SSG) and Presidential Task Force (PTF) Committee Chairman on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha urged security operatives to ensure the enforcement of the ban.

  According to the PTF Chairman, “we also appeal to the security agents to enforce the ban on interstate travels very strictly.”

  The Federal Government had placed a ban on inter-state movement, in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

  President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad had hinted that the ban is likely to be lifted on June 21.

In another development, the Federal Government has issued a strong warning to states over reopening of schools across the country.

  There were reports that some states had hinted that it will reopen schools soon.

  Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade had last week ordered the gradual reopening of schools across the state.

Ayade had directed that public schools in the state should resume today, June 16, 2020.

  However, the SSG and PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, said the current situation of coronavirus did not in any way support such initiative, emphasising that reopening of schools at this critical time could expose the general public to more danger.

 “We got reports that some states are considering reopening of schools, viewing centres and other gatherings that encourage large crown, such step is not encouraging at this moment.

  We need to be cautious and adhere to the PTF guideline.”

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