President Muhammadu Buhari
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, shared the latest update on behalf of the federal government requesting reopening guidelines for churches , mosques and organizations in Nigeria. Hekweazu stated this at the Presidential Task Force Press Conference on COVID-19 on Thursday in Abuja.
The NCDC boss announced that the center received a draft guidelines on Wednesday from the Nigeria Association of Public Transport Owners to reopen interstate transport while curbing the spread of coronavirus. He added that as the government prepares to ease more lockdown phases in the coming weeks, organizations will come up with similar guidelines.
Ihekweazu said, “I was happy on Wednesday to receive a new set of draft guidelines by the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association. Those are people that manage the long distance buses that travel across the country, what we call ‘luxury’ buses.
“They drafted their own guidelines for reopening safely and sent it to us for review.
“They are also seeking our advise on the measures they are recommended and how to manage their loading centres, buses and engagements with their customers at the point when we may allow them to reopen.”
He noted that though NCDC has its guidelines and advice, it is willing to engage with leaders of organizations on how to reopen the economy while curbing the spread of COVID-19.
“Every society, organisation, community, be it faith-based, cultural based, professionally based, have been advised to come up with guidelines for themselves.
“We are happy to advise and engage every organisation but this needs to be led and owned by the leaders of those organisations,” the NCDC boss added.