PRESIDENTIAL STEERING COMMITTEE ON COVID-19
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION
17th July, 2021
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENTIAL STEERING COMMITTEEE ON COVID-19
The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) held a crucial meeting yesterday, Friday 16th July 2021, and reviewed the state of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
2. The PSC received situation reports from the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and on the global situation from the World Health Organisation (WHO). We remain aware of the risk of a surge in cases in Nigeria, given the global spread of the Delta variant, the faster rate of the spread of this variant, the poor adherence to COVID-19 public health and social measures in the country.
3.After careful deliberations of the situation reports and existing risks, the following key decisionswere taken as part of measure to effectively respond to the threat of a surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria:
4.The PSC felicitates with all Muslims in Nigeria on the occasion of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir celebrations. However, the PSC is concerned that the upcoming festive period could lead to an escalation of COVID-19 cases in the country. Consequently, the PSC will be working with the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria to issue COVID-19 safety protocols to guide the conduct and celebration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
5.Given the risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases, we urge all Nigerians to continue to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures including handwashing, proper use of face masks in public settings, physical distancing, avoiding large crowds, and when possible, avail themselves to the opportunity of vaccination.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation/
Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19