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COVID-19: Organisations, people exempted from President Buhari’s lock down order

President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the total lock down of  two states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT in the fight against coronavirus in the country.

Announcing the lock down on Sunday evening, the president said the nation’s capital, Abuja as well as Lagos and Ogun states would be totally locked down beginning from 11:00pm on Monday, March 30 for the next fourteen days.

Here are the categories of people and organisations exempted by the presidential order:

Hospitals and all related medical establishments as well as organizations in healthcare related manufacturing and distribution

Food processing, distribution and retail companies

Petroleum distribution and retail entities

Power generation, transmission and distribution companies

Private security companies

Workers in telecommunication companies

Broadcasters, print and electronic media staff who can prove they are unable to work from home

Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from all seaports in Lagos to other parts of the country

According to President Buhari, all vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states from other parts of the country will also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas.

READ: FULL SPEECH: Buhari speaks on Covid-19

He added that all seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines he issued earlier, saying “although these establishments are exempted, access will be restricted and monitored.”

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