Buhari Approves N10bn For Lagos To Tackle Coronavirus

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N10b for Lagos state, the epicenter of the dreaded coronavirus in the country as they fight against the deadly disease intensifies.

According to the president who made this known in a new statement via his official Twitter handle on Thursday, he further released a new directive on measure which would be taken in order to fully combat the disease in the country

He Said:

Over the last few days I have received extensive briefings on the state of the nation as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic, from the relevant Federal Government agencies as well as the Lagos State Government.

Accordingly, I approved the following:

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

The immediate release of a 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State, which remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria. This grant will enable Lagos increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

The Nigerian Air Force is already making its fleet available to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, to enable a better coordinated and more effective response across the country.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

To protect our homeland from external exposure, I directed the immediate closure of our International Airports and Land Borders for four weeks in the first instance,

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

… to enable us put up the appropriate policies, processes and infrastructure to cope with suspected and confirmed cases at home, without risking a compounding of the situation with more imported cases.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

The inconvenience caused by these flight and travel restrictions to our fellow citizens abroad who want to return home is regrettable, but it is necessary for the greater good, and I thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

I have also directed that only cargo vessels that have been at sea for more than 14 days be allowed to dock in our ports, after the crew have been tested and confirmed disease-free by the Port Health Authorities.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

This 14-day restriction however does not apply to vessels carrying oil and gas products as by their nature, there is minimal human contact.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 26, 2020

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