In a bid to intensify efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate release of N15 billion to the Lagos State government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) .
The President explained on his twitter handle on Thursday, that the approval follows the extensive briefings he has received as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He ordered the release of the sum of N10 billion grant immediately to Lagos State to boost the government’s capacity to control and contain the outbreak, as well as support other states with capacity-building.
The other N5 billion the President said, is to be paid as special intervention fund to the NCDC to equip and provide personnel to its facilities and laboratories across Nigeria.
He revealed that the Nigerian Air Force was already making its fleet available to the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, to enable a better coordinated and more effective response.
Speaking on the closure of international airports, the President said the closure of the nation’s international airports and land borders for four weeks is to ensure that appropriate policies, processes, and infrastructure were in place to cope with suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.
He, however, regretted the inconvenience caused by the flight and travel restrictions to Nigerians abroad willing to return home, stressing that it was for the greater good.
The President thanked all medical personnel in the country for their efforts in curbing the spread of the disease.
He also urged Nigerians to be mindful of those he said were taking advantage of the present situation to spread panic and cause confusion.