NEC to collaborate with COVID-19 PTF on re-opening national economy

The National Economic Council (NEC) says it has set up a committee work Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 on re-opening of the national economy.

Gov. Abubakar of Jigawa State, who briefed correspondents virtually after the online NEC anchored from the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on , said the committee consisted of some governors and the FCT Minister.

The NEC meeting, the of its kind, was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He said the council also received an update on Polio Eradication and support Community Transmission of COVID-19(CTA) presented by the Minister of Health.

“The update indicates that Nigeria is moving towards polio eradication and on course be certified as Wild Polio Free by the World Health Organistion(WHO) African Region next month, that is June 2020.

“It also indicated that no wild polio case was reported in Nigeria for 44 months.

“The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) adopted the Polio structure which is the Incident Management System the COVID-19 at the PHCs and community levels in all the states and FCT.

“State governments, governors are urged to facilitate the establishment of structures to coordinate efforts to stop community transmission of COVID-19,” he said.

Abubakar said that the report of NEC’s Adhoc committee to Status of Ownership of Structure of Electricity Power Distribution Company(DISCOs) headed by the Kaduna State Governor was received.

According to , the report has delivered, adopted and now being implemented but due to the lockdown not all members have signed the report.

“Council also set up a NEC Committee to work the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 to work out modalities for the reopening of the national economy.

“The committee comprises governors of Ekiti, Lagos, Anambra, Kano, Bauchi, Plateau and FCT Minister as members and chaired by the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa,’’ he said.

On the Economic Committee (ESC)’s presentation to the council, Abubakar said it was resolved that the NEC’s Special Committee on COVID-19 meet the ESC to further discuss on post COVID-19 National Plan.()