Nigerian Government: COVID Lock-down Announcement

The below information was provided to us courtesy of Advocaat Law Practice.

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has placed the city of Lagos, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and Ogun states on lock-down for an initial period of 14 days, with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30 March 2020.

The order will not be applicable to the following:

  1. Hospitals and all related medical establishments ass well as organizations in healthcare-related manufacturing and distribution.
  2. Commercial establishments such as food processing, distribution and retail companies; petroleum distribution and retail entities; power generation, transmission and distribution companies; and private security companies.
  3. Workers in telecommunication companies, broadcasters, print and electronic media staff, who can prove they are unable to work from home.
  4. All seaports in Lagos, and vehicles and drivers conveying essential cargo from these ports to other parts of the country.
  5. All vehicles conveying food and other essential humanitarian items into the movement restriction locations from other parts of the country.

Though exempted, the above establishments/persons and their access will be restricted and monitored.

In addition to the movement restriction orders by the President and the provision or relief materials for persons whose livelihood will be affected by the restrictive measures, the government has also released an initial N15 billion intervention fund to support vulnerable members of society. Lastly, the President directed that a 3 month repayment moratorium be granted for all Federal Government-funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture, and the Nigeria Export Import Bank

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