Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari have softened the lockdown measures enforced on Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja commencing from Saturday, May 2, 2020. Buhari revealed this in a national broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, 27 after a lockdown that has been ongoing since Monday, March 30. The key decision of the eased lockdown was as a result of guidance of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, several Federal Government committees and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
In his official statement, he said: “I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun states effective from Monday, 4th May 2020.
“However, this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.” He also disclosed that new nationwide measures are to be introduced as follows;
I. There will be an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services;
II. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;
III. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and
IV. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.
He also made it clear in his official statement that the lockdown in the three states which comprises of FCT, Lagos and Ogun states shall remain in place until the new ones come into effect on Monday, May 4, 2020. Furthermore, he disclosed that the Presidential Task Force would provide sector-specific details to allow provisions by governments, businesses and institutions accordingly.