President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of 70,000 metric tonnes of grains from the National Grain Reserve to be shared to vulnerable persons in the country as part of the palliative measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja at the third joint national briefing of the PTF held on Wednesday.
Mustapha said 60,000 metric tonnes of the grains would be shared to the vulnerables in FCT, Lagos and Ogun states, which are presently on lockdown, while the remaining 10,000 metric tonnes would be shared to the vulnerables in other frontline states across the country.
“We have however received reports of challenges arising from the enforcement of the Presidential directives by security agents generally and in States where Governors have also imposed their own measures,”
Mustapha also said that the PTF has developed an Implementation Guide and Protocols for the COVID-19 Lockdown Policy, which would be widely circulated to all security agencies and would be discussed with sub-national entities for the purpose of building synergy in the fight against the virus.
Recall that President Muhammedu Buhari has on National Broadcast on Sunday 29 March 2020 ordered the total lockdown of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun states to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.