Coronavirus: Presidency Excludes Telcos, Medical Establishments, Others From Lockdown

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Coronavirus: Presidency Excludes Telcos, Medical Establishments, Others From Lockdown

PELUMI OLALEYE 

In answer to the prayers of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, the Nigerian Number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari has exempted all telecommunications workers, medical personnel,  their establishents and organizations from the lockdown due to the ravaging pandemic.

However,  these workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff must  prove they are unable to work from home.

President Buhari

Others exempted are commercial establishments like food processing, distribution and retail companies, petroleum distribution and retail entities,power generation, transmission and distribution companies and private security companies are also exempted. 

The president further stressed that these establishments are exempted but access would  be restricted and monitored.”All seaports in Lagos shall remain operational in accordance with the guidelines I issued earlier. Vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargoes from these Ports to other parts of the country will be screened thoroughly before departure by the Ports Health Authority.And vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into these locations from other parts of the country would also be screened thoroughly before they are allowed to enter these restricted areas”.

Prior to the the President’s national live broadcast on Sunday, Atcon in a statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Ajibola Olude reqested NCC to  initiate the process of National Right of passage for all technical staff of telecommunications companies in the event of foreseeable lockdown by either the Federal Government or the State Government.

“This request is made because of the essential nature of telecommunications infrastructures in managing the entire situation and the need for maintenance and repairs that may arise during the possible lockdown, ” The statement read.