Monday, 27 April 2020

Full text of President Buhari's speech as he extends lockdown in FCT, Ogun & Lagos states by one week



President Buhari has extended the lockdown in Logos, Ogun, and Abuja by one week.
ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI,
PREIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE CUMULATIVE LOCKDOWN ORDER OF LAGOS AND OGUN STATES AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ON COVID - 19 PANDEMIC
AT THE STATE HOUSE , ABUJA
MONDAY,27th APRIL,2020


1) fellow Nigerians

2) I will start by commending you all for the resilience and patriotism that you have shown in our collective fight against the biggest health challenge of our generation.

3) As at yesterday , 26th April 2020, some three million confirmed cases COVID nineteen have been recorded globally with about nine hundred thousand recoveries . Unfortunately, some two hundred thousand people have also died passed away as a result of this pandemic.

4) The health system and economies of many nations continue to struggle as a result of the corona virus pandemic.

5) Nigeria continues to adopt and adapt to these new global realities on daily basis . This evening , I will present the facts as they are and explain our plans for the coming month knowing fully well that some key variables and assumptions may change in the coming days or weeks .

6) Exactly two weeks ago , there were three hundred ad twenty three confirmed cases in 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

7) As at this morning , Nigeria has recorded one thousand two hundred and seventy-three cases across 32 states and the FTC. Unfortunately, these cases includes 40 deaths fatalities .

8) I will use this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to the families of all Nigerians that have lost their love ones as a result of the COVID nineteen Pandemic. This is our collective loss and we share in your grief .

9) Initial models predicted that Nigeria will record an estimated two thousand confirmed cases in the month after the index case .

10) This means that despite the drastic increase in the number of confirmed cases recorded in the past two weeks , the measures we have put in place thus far have yielded positive outcomes against the projections .

11) The proportion of cases imported from other countries has reduced to only 19% of new cases , showing that our border closures yielded positive results . These are mostly fellow Nigerians returning through our land boarders. We will continue to enforce land border arrival protocols as part of the containment strategy .

12) Today , the Nigeria centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has accredited 15 laboratories across the country with an aggregate capacity to undertake 2,500 test per day across the country .

13) Based on your feedback , Lagos star Government and the FCT with support from NCDC have established several samples collection centers in Lagos and the FCT. They Allred’s also reviewing their laboratory testing strategy to further increase the number of tests they can perform including the accreditation of selected private laboratories that meet the accreditation criteria .

14) Several new fully equipped treatment and isolation centers have been operating across the country thereby increasing bed capacity to about three thousand. At this point , I will commend the state Governors for the activation of State-Level Emergency Operation Centers , establishment of new treatment centers and the delivery of aggressive risk communication strategies.

15) Over ten thousand healthcare workers have been trained . For protection , additional personal protective equipment have been distributed to al the state . Although we have experienced logistical challenges , we remain committed to establish a solid supply chain process to ensure these heroic professionals can work safely and are properly equipped.

16) In keeping with our Government’s promise to improve the welfare of healthcare workers , we have signed a memorandum of understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and othe incentives with key health sector professional associations. We have also procured insurance cover for five thousand frontline health workers . At this point , I must commend the insurance sector for their support in achieving this within a short period of time .

17) Nigeria has also continue to receive support from international communities, multilateral agencies, the private sectors and public-spirited individuals. This supper has ensured that critical lifesaving equipment and materials , which have become scarce globally , are available for Nigeria through original equipment manufacturers and government-to-government processes .

18) This distribution and expansion of palliatives which I directed in my earlier broadcast is still on going in a transparent manner . I am mindful of the seeming frustration being faced by expectant citizens. I urge all potential beneficiaries to exercise patience as we continue to fine tune our logistical and distraction processes working with the star Government.

19) I have directed the Central Bank of Nigeria and other financial institutions to make further plans and provisions for financial stimulus packages for small medium scale enterprises. We recognize the critical role That they play in Nigeria’s economy.

20) Our Security Agencies continue to rise to the challenge posed by this unusual situation . While we feel deeply concerned about isolated security incidents involving hoodlums and miscreants . I want to assure all Nigerians that your safety and security remains our primary concern especially in these exceedingly difficult and uncertain times . As we focus on protecting lives and properties, we will not tolerate any human rights abuse by our security agencies. The few reported incidences are regrettable, and I want to assure you that the culprits will be brought to justice .

21) I urge all Nigerians to continue to cooperate and show understanding whenever they encounter security agents . Furthermore, for their protection ,I have instructed the personnel of the security agencies be provided with the necessary personal protective equipment for their own protection.

22) As we continue to streamline our response in the epicenters of Logos and FCT , I remain concerned about the unfortunate development developments in Kano in recent days . Although an in depth investigation is still ongoing, we have decided to deploy additional Federal Government human , material and technical resources to strengthen and support the State Government’s efforts. We will commence implementation immediately.

23) In Kano , and indeed many of other States that are recording new cases , preliminary findings show that such cases are mostly from interstate travel and emerging community transmission.

24) Drawing from these , I implore al Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control . These include regular hand washing , social distancing, wearing of face mask / coverings in public , avoidance of non-essential movement and travels and avoidance of large gatherings remain paramount.

25) Fellow Nigerians , or the past four weeks , most parts of our country have been under either Federal Government or state Government lockdowns. As I mentioned earlier , these steps were necessary and overall, have contributed to slowing down the spread of COVIDnineteen  in Nigeria.

26) How ever , such lock downs have also came at a very heavy economic cost . Many of our citizens have lot their means of livelihoods. Many businesses have also shut down . No country can afford the full impact of a sustained lockdown while awaiting the development of vaccines or cures .

27) In my last address , I mentioned the Federal Government will develop strategies and policies that will protect lives while preserving livelihoods.

28) In these two weeks , the Federal and State Governments have joint and collaboratively worked hrs on how to balance the need to protect health while also preserving livelihoods, leveraging global best practice while keeping in mind our peculiar circumstances.

29) We looked at assessed how our factories , markets , traders and transporters can continue to function while at the same time respecting adhering to the NCDC guidelines on hygiene and social distancing.

30) We assessed how our children can continue to learn without compromising their health .

31) We reviewed how our farmers can safely plant and harvest in this rainy season to ensure our food security is not compromised. Furthermore, we also discussed how to safely transport food items from rural production areas to industrial processing zones and ultimately, to the key consumption centers .

32) Our goal was to develop implementable policies that will ensure our economy continues to function with while maintaining our aggressive response to COVID nineteen pandemic. These same difficult decisions are being faced by leaders around the world .

33) Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the president Task Force on COVID nineteen , the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum , I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT , Lagos and Ogun  states effective from May 4tg, 2020 at 9am.

34) However , this will be follows strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of sone  economic and business activities in certain sectors .

35) The highlights of the new nationwide measures are as follows :
a.  Selected business and offices can open form 9a to 6pm;
a.  There will be an overnight curfew from 8p to 6am . This means all movement will be prohibited during this period except essential services;
c.  There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice ;
d.  There will be partial control interstate movement of goods and service will be allowed to allow for the movement of goods and services form producers to consumers; and
e.  We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of five masked or covering in public in addition to mainly physical distancing and personal hygiene, Furthermore , the restrictions of on social and religious gather shall Eminem in love . The state Governments, corporate or organizations and philanthropist are encouraged to support the production of cloth marks for citizens.

36) For the avoidance of doubt , the lockdown in the FCT , Lagos and Ogun states shall subsist remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Saturday , 2nd May 2020 at 9am .

37) The Presidential Task Force shall provide sector specs details and timing guidelines to low for preparations by Governments, businesses and institutions.

38) The above are guidelines. Star Government may choose to Amend adapt and expand based on their unique circumstances provided they maintain alignment with the guidelines issued above on public Bryan’s hygiene.

39) These revised guidelines do will not apply for Kano state . The goal lockdown recently announced by the State Government shall remain enforced for the full duration . The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human , material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic.

40) I wish to once again commend the frontline Workers across the country who , on a daily basis , risk everything to ensure we win this fight , For those who get infected in the line of duty , be rest assured that Government will do all it takes to support you and your families during this exceedingly difficult period . I will also take this opportunity to assure you all thy your safety , wellbeing and welfare remains paramount to our Government.

41) I will also recognize  support we have received form our traditional rulers , the Christian Association of Nigeria , the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and other prominent religious and community leaders . Your cooperation and suppers has significantly contributed to the successes we have recorded to date . I will urge you all to please continue to create awareness on the seriousness of corona virus among your worshippers and communities while appealing that they strictly comply with public health advisories.

42) I will also thank the Nigeria Governors Forum and the Presidential Task Force for all their hard work to date . Through this collaboration, I remain confident that success is achievable .

43) I also wish to thank corporate organizations, philanthropist, UN family , the European Union , friendly nations, Through this collaboration, I remain confident that success is achievable .

44) And finally , I will thank all Nigerians again for your patience and cooperation during this difficult and challenging period . I assure you that government shall continue to take all necessary measures to protect the lives and livelihoods of our citizens and residents.

45) I thank you for listening and may God bless the Feder Republic of Nigeria .

SOURCE; lindaikejibog

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