Buhari places 14 days ban on movement in FCT, Lagos, Ogun, exempts…

President Muhammadu Buhari has placed a cessation order on movements in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States as part of measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

Buhari announced this in his statewide broadcast on Sunday evening and said the order which takes effect from 11 pm on Monday March 30 will be in place for 14 days.

"Citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during these period," the President said.

"Movements of all passenger aircraft, both commercial and private jets, are hereby suspended. Special permits will be issued on a needs basis."

He said the restriction will enable government to identify, trace and isolate all individuals that have come into contact with confirmed cases.

Those exempted from the restriction according to Buhari included:

1. Hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in health care related manufacturing and distribution.

2. Commercial establishments such as;
a. food processing, distribution and retail companies;
b. petroleum distribution and retail entities,
c. power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and
d. private security companies are also exempted.

3. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home are also exempted.

4. All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.

5. All vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.

Buhari also directed the Minister of Health to redeploy all Port Health Authority employees previously stationed in the Lagos and Abuja Airports to key roads that serve as entry and exit points to these restricted zones.

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