The federal government of Nigeria has publicly declared a Phase IV of the lockdown, with effect from midnight on Tuesday in order to curtail the spread of the virus. This was made known at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, in which the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee, Boss Mustapha stated that the lockdown was imminent due to the frail state of the healthcare in the country, a non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines and disruption in vaccine delivery.
In lieu of this development, PSC has announced a compulsory wearing of face masks, curfew between 12:00am and 4:00am, a closing of bars and night clubs and curtailing of international travels.
Boss Mustapha further stated that,
“In taking this step, the PSC requests the State Governments to please step up to play lead roles in the area of enforcement and sanctions. Similarly, our appeal goes to traditional, religious and community leaders to take up more ownership and responsibility for risk communication and community engagement on the virulent nature of the pandemic, concerns over the variants of concern and the need for compliance”.