Presidency orders police to ensure smooth transportation of essential goods

April 28, 2020
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STATES HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

STATES, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS MUST ENSURE SEAMLESS MOVEMENT OF ESSENTIAL GOODS – PRESIDENCY

In the light of the presidential directive, during the nationwide broadcast last night, it is essential that attention be drawn to the reported large number of food trucks that are being delayed at various checkpoints around the country or prevented from crossing state borders, as a result of the various curfews and lockdowns in different states.

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The restrictions of movement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic do not apply to vehicles transporting essential commodities, such as food.

The country cannot afford a situation where agricultural products are being left to rot in trucks held at various checkpoints, when millions of Nigerians across the country need food. COVID-19 or no COVID-19, Nigerians need to eat.

Other essential items that can be transported despite the ban on movement as prescribed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) include: pharmaceutical and sanitary supplies, personal care items, agro chemicals and agricultural machinery, electrical products and electronics, oil and gas, courier services, health supplies and protective garments.

Vehicles transporting essential items must not convey any commercial passengers. In addition, the occupants must not exceed three, i.e. the driver, spare driver, and conductor.

The drivers must have basic protective and sanitary items, including: face masks, hand sanitisers, and tissue paper to and from their destinations. Once these conditions are satisfied, they must be allowed to travel freely to and from any part of Nigeria.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

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April 28, 2020

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT BUHARI SIGNS PROCLAMATION ORDER ON THE MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 IN LAGOS, OGUN, KANO, FCT AND OTHER STATES

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday signed the Proclamation Order on the General Management of Covid-19 in Lagos, Ogun, Kano, the Federal Capital Territory and other States in Nigeria as contained in his national broadcast, April 27, 2020.

This was in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 3 of the Quarantine Act, CAP Q2 Laws of the Federation 2004 and all powers enabling him in that behalf.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

April 27, 2020



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