The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, tells churches, mosques and other organizations in Nigeria to submit guidelines for reopening.


In a press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, Ihekweazu disclosed that the center received a draft of guidelines on Wednesday by the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association to reopen interstate transportation while curbing the spread of the coronavirus.



"I was happy on Wednesday to receive a new set of draft guidelines by the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association.



"Those are people that manage the long distance buses that travel across the country, what we call ‘luxury’ buses.



"They drafted their own guidelines for reopening safely and sent it to us for review.



"They are also seeking our advise on the measures they are recommended and how to manage their loading centres, buses and engagements with their customers at the point when we may allow them to reopen."



"Every society, organisation, community, be it faith-based, cultural based, professionally based, have been advised to come up with guidelines for themselves.



"We are happy to advise and engage every organisation but this needs to be led and owned by the leaders of those organisations."