After a cumulative 4 weeks lockdown in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, plus Lagos and Ogun State, president Buhari has in a national broadcast approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.
In his address, the president expressed condolences to the families that lost loved ones to Covid 19, recognized and expressed appreciation to key front-line medical personnel, state governments, and all those that have supported the nation in the fight against Covid 19. The president also reassured the nation on the strategic measures to sustain the economy.According to him, ‘Our goal was to develop implementable policies that will ensure our economy continues to function while still maintaining our aggressive response to the COVID-19 pandemic’.
In order to achieve the set goal, the nationwide measures identified by President Buhari, to be introduced from 4th May as follows;
- Aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.
- Nationwide overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services;
- There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;
- Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers;
- Mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene.
- Restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place.
- For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020.
With regards to Kano, the president has directed the enforcement of a total lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately. According to the president, The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic and preventing the risk of further spread to neighboring States.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has continued to receive support from the international community, multilateral agencies, the private sector and public-spirited Nigerian individuals. Highlight of various support received are detailed below:
- United Nations
- Established a Basket Fund
- Mobilized $2Million for procurement of medical supplies.
- Donated 3 ambulances to Lagos state
EUR 50 Million (N21 Billion)
Medical supplies – 10, 000 test kits, 15 oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccines, emergency health kits, plus other essential health supplies
- Provision of various vital medical supplies and medical personnel.
- Medical personnel along with medical equipment worth about $1.5 million.
- Jack Ma
China’s richest man has made three batches of donations of medical supplies to Nigeria, along with other 53 African countries.
- The Federal Government
– 77,000 metric tons of grains.
– To set up a $1.39 billion COVID-19 Fund.
- CACOVID-19 Fund – (Corporate and Private Sector Support)
Currently at N27.16 Billion as follows:
- CBN – 2 Billion Naira
- Dangote Group – 2 Billion Naira
- Flood Relief Fund – 1.5 Billion Naira
N1 Billion donation by the following:
- Femi Otedola, Herbert Wigwe (Access Bank), Famfa Oil, Mike Adenuga, Tony Elumelu, Rag Gupta, NDIC, MTN Nigeria, Flour Mills Nig, UBA, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Jim Ovia of (Zenith Bank), Oba Otudeko (First Bank), Segun Agbaje (Guaranty Trust Bank)
N500 Million donations by the following
- Deji Adeleke,Bank of Industry, Wacot Rice, Friesland Campina Wamco, Tolaram Africa Enterprises
- Other Nigerians
Paul Enenche – N2 Billion Naira worth of items
54gene & Union Bank – $500,000
Senate Members – 50% of their salaries till the pandemic ends
House of Representative Members – two months salaries (April/May)
And many other corporate bodies and individuals.