JUST IN : FG Closes All Land Borders, Postpones FEC Meeting Indefinitely

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SGF, Mr. Boss Gida Mustapha

The Federal Government on Monday announced the closure of all the country’s land border as part of measures to tackle the growing incident of Coronavirus pandemic.

The borders will be closed for four weeks, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to Federal Government and Chairman of Nigeria’s Special Task Force said.

In addition, the weekly federal executive council has also been suspended “until further notice”.

Mustapha said the council of state meeting earlier scheduled for Thursday has also been postponed.

“​Ladies and gentlemen, after a further review, Mr President on the recommendation of Presidential Task Force (PTF) has approved the following additional measures: Suspension of the weekly FEC meetings until further notice; postponement of the meeting of the Council of State ​​​scheduled for Thursday 26th March 2020;

“​All land borders that have been hitherto under partial closure ​​shall now be closed for human traffic for four weeks effective, ​​23rd March 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.”

Mustapha also gave an update on the coronavirus statistic across the world, citing the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“​As at the time the Honourable Minister of Health (HMoH), briefed you earlier today, the numbers from the World Health Organisation (WHO), confirmed that the virus has covered 192 countries, reporting over 329,000 cases,” he said.

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“​We commend Nigerians for stepping out to report and/or make enquires through the dedicated hotlines. Records show that on Sunday, 22nd March 2020, over 4500 calls were received. This shows a high level of awareness amongst Nigerians.

NAN

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