FG to hand over COVID-19 battle to states
By our correspondent
The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said while it will continue to work with the state governors, it is pushing towards a different approach on the next phase of the pandemic.
It said it will insist on state governors starting to take ownership of the response.
PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, disclosed these during the briefing of the team in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the PTF would support the governors in making decisions and provide them with the best guidance based on the data available, “but we’ll not continue to drive this response centrally from the federal side.
“We expect state governments to have their capacity to be able to implement those measures required to safeguard the lives of the people.
“So, in this regard, as far as we’re concerned, state governments will continue to have their responsibility as we go forward.
“But we hope that we’ll be able to work very closely and make use of science and also consider the different social cultural and religious aspects of those communities when we enforce the guidelines.”
He added: “We’ll continue to work with the state governments to ensure that whatever is put in place is in the best interest of their citizens. We’re in the business of saving lives.”