The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 (PTF), Boss Mustapha, said this during the joint national briefing of the taskforce.
“We have observed, rather sadly, that Nigerians, particularly some faith-based organisations have continued to hold events of large gatherings capable of spreading the virus.
“The PTF urges all sub-national entities that signed the protocols with these organisations and have primary responsibility for enforcing the protocols and NPIs to step up their roles of enforcement,” Mustapha said.
According to him, the PTF would continue engaging with relevant stakeholders on the issues arising from the impact of COVID-19, including mental health, drug use and gender-based violence.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has persisted in the disruption of human activities.
“We have just received a report that one of the annual events of a critical security agency has ended abruptly out of the abundance of caution due to the detection of infected personnel.
“The significance of this occurrence is that testing is critical to the success of our national response.
“We, therefore, urge Nigerians and organisers of events to vigorously pursue the path of testing especially for delegates attending events,” Mustapha said.
He said that while the government works towards rolling out a safe and effective vaccine, citizens must carry on with essential public health actions to suppress transmission and reduce mortality.
He also said that the PTF will in the next two weeks submit its final report to Mr President.
Mustapha, however, said that this was not the end of the assignment as the virus had not been suppressed.
On his part, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who warned that Nigeria was on the verge of a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, said they were planning to procure at least 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as part of the process of inoculating citizens against the deadly virus.
According to him, the vaccination would be administered to those working in the health sector and the vulnerable groups who are at more risk of contracting the disease.