After facing fierce criticism for not providing leadership against the threat of a coronavirus pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari may have finally woken up.
President Muhammadu Buhari has established a Presidential Task Force, chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Boss Mustapha, for the Control of the Coronavirus-19 Disease (COVID-19).
President Buhari made this announcement on Monday evening through a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu.
A similar task force in the United States of America is overseen by Vice President Mike Pence, not just a presidential aide.
The president said his decision is informed by the current global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus and its potential of causing significant disruption to health services in the country as well as impacting negatively on the economy.
“This action is in preparation for the unlikely but probable major outbreak of the disease in the country which will require a multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) similar to that adopted for the HIV epidemic in the last two decades,” he further stated.
According to statement, the task force is a start and finish task group which would be expected to deliver within a maximum period of six months.
The task force comprises the following:
a. Mr. Boss Mustapha (SGF) – Chair
b. Dr. Sani Aliyu – National Coordinator
c. Hon. Minister of Health
d. Hon. Minister of Interior
e. Hon. Minister of Aviation
f. Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Services
g. Hon. Minister of Education
h. Hon. Minister of Information and Culture
i. Hon. Minister of Environment
j. Director-General, State Services
k. Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
l. WHO Country Representative