President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the lock-down in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja by another 14 days (2 weeks).
Buhari revealed this in a nationwide broadcast on Monday evening.
He noted that the extention became necessary following the surge in number of reported cases in the country.
“Our approach to the virus remains in 2 steps – First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners.,” Buhari said.
“With this in mind and having carefully considered the briefings and Report from the Presidential Task Force and the various options offered, it has become necessary to extend the current restriction of movement in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the FCT for another 14 days . effective from 11:59 pm on Monday, 13th of April, 2020.
“I am therefore once again asking you all to work with Government in this fight.”
The president also spoke about the measures his government would be taking to ease the economic burden on the citizens.
Buhari said: “I have also directed that the current social register be expanded from 2.6 million households to 3.6 million households in the next two weeks.
“This means we will support an additional one million homes with our social investment programs. A technical committee is working on this and will submit a report to me by the end of this week.”
The nation’s number one citizen also touched on the security of the nation although he didn’t touch on reports of robberies and unrest recorded in some parts of Lagos and Ogun.
He urged the security agents to “continue to maintain utmost vigilance, firmness as well as restraint in enforcing the restriction orders while not neglecting statutory security responsibilities.: