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FG cancels Council of State, FEC meetings, orders full closure of all land borders

Babajide Okeowo

The Federal Government has ordered total closure of all land borders, suspension of Federal Executive Council meetings and the postponement of the meeting of the Council of State ​​​scheduled for Thursday, March 26.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) at a news conference to update the media on further decisions to monitor the spread of Coronavirus in the country announced the decision of the government to shut all land borders.

Mustapha, who is also the Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, said,` “In furtherance of our ongoing engagement with the public and stakeholders through the PTF and the Minister of Health, I find it necessary to update you on recent developments regarding the management of matters arising from COVID-19 Pandemic.

“President Muhammadu Buhari on the recommendation of PTF has approved the following additional measures. All land borders that have been hitherto under partial closure ​​shall now be closed for human traffic for four weeks effective, ​​March 23, 2020. In order to protect Federal Civil and Public Servants, a circular ​​to be issued by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation ​​(HCSF) shall direct on actions to be taken immediately. All Abuja and Lagos residents are strongly advised to stay at ​​home, avoid mass congregation of any kind as well as non-​essential outings until further advice is given” he said.

Meanwhile, four new cases of Coronavirus disease have been confirmed in Nigeria. Three of the cases are in Lagos State, while 1 is in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja bringing the total number of cases to 40

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced this on Monday night on its official twitter handle @NCDCgov, at about 11:00 pm. According to the tweet, two of these cases are returning travellers.