President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the mandate of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 for a further period till the end of March, 2021 bearing in mind the new surge in the number of cases and the bid for vaccines.
The President disclosed this while receiving the End-of-Year Report of the task force.
According to President Buhari, recent reports reaching him indicates that Nigeria is now facing a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide which is similar to the second wave of infections occurring in other countries across the world.
He stated that new epicenters have been identified and the nation cannot afford to lose the gains of the last nine months.
The president said he had critically evaluated the situation and remain convinced that urgent measures have to be taken to halt the spread and the attendant fatalities.
He noted that Closely associated with the foregoing is the need to speedily and strategically access and administer the COVID vaccine in a safe, effective and timely manner. This is an important obligation that the Government owe Nigerians as they go into year 2021 and it must be carried out through an efficient machinery.
The President added that the nation is clearly in a perilous situation given the virulent nature of this second wave and they must act decisively to protect Nigerians.
The president therefore urge all sub-national entities, traditional rulers, religious and leaders of thought to collaborate with the PTF by taking up the responsibility for risk communication and community engagement at all levels.
he stressed that Now is the time for collective efforts to be intensified.
As the festive season approaches, president Buhari urged all Nigerians to remain vigilant and stay safe. Non-essential trips and large social gatherings should be avoided or shelved completely.