By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – The Federal Government on Wednesday expressed worries over deliberate and continue violation of safety measures put in place to contain the spread of novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said the measures which include social distancing, wearing of masks at public places among others are deliberately being ignoring by majority Nigerians.
Adebayo, made this known at the weekly briefing of the Emergency Operation Centre of the Committee on Sustainable Production and Delivery of Essential Commodities During COVID-19.
He said the President Muhammadu Buhari in a nationwide broadcast while directing the easing of a five weeks lockdown in Lagos, Ogun States and the Federal Capital Territory gave clear guidelines on the first phase of the new measures spanning 4th -17th May, 2020 and implored all Nigerians to continue to adhere strictly to the advisories published by the Presidential Task Force and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
According to Adebayo, regular hand washing, strict mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public, maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene, avoidance of non-essential movement and travels and avoidance of large gatherings, restrictions on social and religious gatherings are measures to be followed.
The Minister further expressed dissatisfaction over crowd of persons seen in banks’ premises and other commercial institutions, noting that such ugly development coukd pose severe danger of infection of Covid-19 as well as compromising measures put in place.
He commended the conduct of security agencies in carrying out their duties by ensuring free-flow and unhindered movement of Foods, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Equipments and other Essential Commodities across the country.
The Minister, however, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo who is the supervisor of the Emergency Operation Centre as the Leader of the Presidential Delegation to Tackle COVID-19 in Kano State.