President Muhammadu Buhari has restructured the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on Coronavirus to a Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), with a modified mandate.
The chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, made this known at its weekly briefing on Tuesday.
“Following expiration of the extension on March 31, 2021 and a detailed review, the PTF submitted its report to Mr. President for appropriate decisions.
“The President has considered the report and has approved that the PTF will transition to a Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, effective from 1 April 2021, with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent status of COVID-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic,” Mr. Mustapha said.
The PTF was established by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 9, 2020, to coordinate and oversee the country’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
The dissolved PTF team includes the National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, a former head of Nigeria’s AIDS agency (NACA), who has been absent from the weekly briefings in the past few weeks; the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmood; Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu; and the National Incident Manager (NIM) PTF, Mukhtar Muhammad.
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