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Federal Govt okays reopening of airports

By Frank Ikpefan and Moses Emorinken, Abuja

The Federal Authorities on Monday authorised what it known as secure resumption of home flights. It additionally relaxed the ban on interstate journey.

However the authorities warned that such journeys may solely be made outdoors the curfew hours of 10pm to 4am.

Chairman of the Presidential Process Drive (PTF) on COVID-19 Management, Boss Mustapha, dropped the trace on the panel briefing in Abuja on Monday.

Mustapha, who’s the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, stated the most recent developments had been contained within the Fifth Interim Report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by the PTF crew.

He stated: “I’m happy to tell you that Mr. President has rigorously thought-about the Fifth Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly authorised that, aside from some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Part Two of the eased lockdown be prolonged by one other 4 weeks with impact from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 by Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

“Particularly, nevertheless, the next measures shall both stay in place or come into impact:

  • Sustaining the present section of the nationwide response, for one more 4 weeks consistent with modifications to be expatiated by the Nationwide Coordinator;
  • Permission of motion throughout state borders solely outdoors curfew hours with impact from 1st July, 2020;
  • Enforcement of legal guidelines round non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, specifically, the usage of face masks in public locations;
  • Protected re-opening of colleges to permit college students in graduating courses resume in-person in preparation for examinations;
  • Protected reopening of home aviation providers as quickly as practicable;
  • Publication of revised pointers across the three thematic areas of normal motion, trade and labour; and neighborhood actions;
  • Provision of technical help for states to mobilise extra sources for the response.
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“These pointers are designed to assist us as a nation and drive our response. My attraction to Nigerians is that, like I stated the one necessary and identified course of that can assist us in our battle towards Covid -19 is to stick to the non-pharmaceutical interventions.

“For now, there isn’t any remedy, no vaccine, no medicine. So, what can we do? Allow us to adjust to these non-pharmaceutical interventions. Put on your masks in public locations, preserve social distancing, preserve your self clear by hand washing and sanitising your palms, and keep away from pointless travels.

“Don’t congregate in crowded locations. If want be, keep at residence as a lot as you may.”

PTF Nationwide Coordinator Dr. Sani Aliyu said that the lifting of interstate ban on travels was duly mentioned with governors earlier than they had been eliminated.

Aliyu defined that the objective of section two was to maintain the positive aspects recorded in earlier section or steps taken to curtail the virus.

“The PTF previously has said that the goal of section two was to maintain the positive aspects of earlier steps and phases by way of the pandemic management, additionally it is necessary to state that we relaxed the response partly to allow extra sectors of the economic system restart actions.

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“On this regard, we search to consolidate the positive aspects within the areas of the economic system whereas attempting to make sure higher compliance with the health-based response.

“We’ve got been working with the state governments. The truth is, a few of the state’s truly approached in the direction of the tip of this section to particularly ask that the borders be opened.

“As we all know the proportion compliance stage with the restriction has not been as excessive as we’d have wished it to be; folks had been nonetheless touring. We are going to nonetheless proceed to keep up free journey by way of items and important journey even through the curfew hour.

“However we count on folks to plan their journey and to be sure that wherever you might be, the curfew of 10pm to 4am stays.”

Aliyu defined that interstate motion will solely be allowed between 4am and 10pm.

He stated: “Interstate journey, that’s, motion throughout state borders might be allowed solely outdoors curfew instances efficient from 1st of July 2020, to permit the trade to arrange over the following 24 hours.

“Specifically, we count on the transport trade to stick to the Federal Ministry of Transportation security protocols and pointers that might be launch particularly in relations to parks and terminals. There might be restricted entry with disinfection and sanitisation.

“Ready areas for passengers should have social distancing measures. There must be posters and notices on conduct of individuals. When you’re not sporting a masks, you’ll not be allowed entry into the parks and terminals.

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“We additionally count on transporters to rearrange for crowd management, and buses ought to have a most of 50 p.c capability. For bus journeys, we strongly urge for home windows to be stored open significantly for brief journeys and face masks is obligatory.

“States authorities by their Commissioners of Transport shall undertake inspection of services and ensure compliance as a precondition to resumption of interstate journey. Non-compliance with the rules will end in withdrawal of permission to function interstate mass transit. The PTF expects this to be enforced on the state stage.

“For Interstate journey, we’ll preserve the occupancy stage of bosses to be 50 p.c and two passengers for taxis, however we’ll limit motion in excessive burdened native authorities areas to important journey solely. This might be a part of the new spot technique that might be launched.

“We’re requesting for full compliance by most of the people. We’ve got to get this proper this time round. We actually have to cease enjoying Russian roll with our lives as a result of if we proceed to reveal ourselves to COVID-19, there isn’t any doubt that folks will die.

“We search to consolidate the positive aspects within the areas of the economic system whereas attempting to make sure higher compliance with the well being based mostly response.”

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