Health

Buhari dissolves PTF, sets up Presidential Steering Committee

Boss Mustapha SGF

Following the expiration of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 term, President Muhammadu Buhari has dissolved the PTF and set up a Presidential Steering Committee (PSC).

PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made this known at the National Briefing of the PTF in Abuja.

“You will recall that when His Excellency, Mr President received the end-of-year report of the PTF on December 22, 2020, he authorised the extension of the mandate of the body for three months.

“Following expiration of the extension on March 31, 2021 and a detailed review, the PTF submitted its report to Mr President for appropriate decisions.

“The extension by Mr President has enabled the PTF to vigorously pursue the twin objectives of epidemic control through reduced transmission and minimising mortality among vulnerable and infected citizens.

“You will recall that the timeline between November 2020 and February 2021 coincided with a virulent second wave, during which the country experienced the most challenging phase of our national response.

“The daily number of cases, fatalities, and level of non-compliance with public health measures were all very high.”

Mustapha further explained the transition from PTF to Presidential Steering Committee.

“The President has approved that the PTF will transition to a Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, effective from April 1, 2021, with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent status of COVID-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic.

“That the structure of the PSC shall reflect the new focus of the response with a targeted approach on vaccine oversight, risk communication, international travel quarantine processes and sub-national engagement.

“That the tenure of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) shall last till December 31, 2021.”

As part of the duties of the PSC, the SGF said “the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) will maintain the present constitution, functions and strategies of the PTF.

“It will be supported by a slim technical and administrative structure; coordinate the vaccine roll out, deployment and administration; and improve on the multi-sectoral systems.

“It will meet less frequently while maintaining effective communication with Nigerians and monitor and audit ongoing systems, reforms and infrastructure development in the health sector.” (NAN)

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