The hope of millions of commuters to legally criss-cross the 36 states of the federation after months of inter-state travel ban may soon be realistic as the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has “started reviewing the guidelines for lifting of the ban on interstate travels.”
This was disclosed Monday, by the National Coordinator of the task force, Dr Sani Aliyu while speaking at the daily press briefing of the PTF in Abuja.
Dr Aliyu reiterated that the interstate roads would be opened when the bus termini in the country have all put the required and approved COVID-19 preventive measures in place.
Also speaking during the briefing, the PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, disclosed that “the Federal Government would next week decide on its lockdown policies, including the ban on interstate movements.” The PTF coordinator Dr Aliyu also said that the guidelines submitted by the Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, was being looked into and “the roads would be opened as soon as it is
safe to do so.”
“At the moment, we still have restrictions on interstate travel. But we have been linking up with the Federal Ministry of Transportation through the Minister of State for Transportation.They have given us guidelines that they have developed: very detailed guidelines, and we have looked at them, summarised them and discussed at PTF last week.”
“We have asked the Minister of State for Transportation to please engage with the road transport workers to make sure that the usual garages and parks that we have are ready in terms of guidelines that we have in place such as physical distancing, reducing the number of passengers per vehicle and provision of handwashing facilities etc.”
“And I believe they are already working on this and hopefully, we should be able to open as soon as it is
safe to do so.”
Aliyu was wary of the “lack of compliance with safety protocols” He then urged states to increase the rate of their COVID-19 testing and where not available, make laws enforcing the wearing of masks in public spaces”.