The Presidential Task Force (PTF) at COVID-19 extended the gradual relief from the blockade for two weeks.
PTF President and Federation Government Secretary (SGF) Boss Mustapha announced this on Monday during the briefing of task force members in Abuja, the country's capital.
He said: “The reality is that, despite the modest progress made, Nigeria is not yet ready for the full opening of the economy and difficult decisions need to be made for the good of the larger majority.
“Any relaxation will only portend a grave danger to our population. It is recommended that the current phase of facilitated restriction be maintained for another two weeks, during which more stringent measures of application and persuasion will be adopted. "
Mustapha explained that extending the first phase of the blocking facility should allow other segments of the economy to prepare themselves adequately for compliance with the guidelines, preparing to reopen in the coming weeks.
According to him, the PTF shares the pain of Nigerians, but the future of the country is in their hands and the subsequent decisions will depend a lot on compliance.
The PTF president also revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved some recommendations from the task force.
He said: "The measures, exemptions, warnings and scope of entities authorized to reopen in phase one of the locked ones will be maintained across the entire federation for another two weeks, from 12 midnight on May 18 to June 1" .
Other recommendations approved by the President include intensified efforts to communicate, identify and manage COVID-19 cases; and raising the level of community ownership of non-pharmaceutical interventions.
The blockade order in Kano state, according to the SGF, has also been extended for another two weeks.
He noted that the president had announced a gradual and gradual reduction of the blockade in the states of Lagos and Ogun, as well as in the Federal Capital Territory in its national broadcast on April 27.
Mustapha added that the president also highlighted additional measures across the country, aimed at ensuring that the country's economy continues to function within the limiting limits imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.