FG lifts ban on downstream sector to facilitate fertiliser production

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From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

THE Federal Government says it has excluded oil workers in the downstream sector from the movement restrictions as part of measures to ensure facilitates production and distribution of fertilisers.

Boos Mustapaha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed this during a briefing organised by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, held in Abuja.

He explained that farming on-set is near and it is important to ensure the agricultural sector is not left behind while combating the contagious disease.

“Government yesterday as I informed you has already exempted essential staffs of companies in the downstream oil and gas sector from the restrictions and exempted further the movement of fertilizers and other related items so that we can keep our agricultural economy working,” Mustapha said.

“This is all in order to facilitate the availability of gas to fire the turbine for the availability of lights and also to ensure that our farmers have fertilisers and other necessary components as the farming season is about to begin.

“That underscores the intricate nature of the decisions we have taken and those that will be taken.”

Since the disease outbreak in Wuhan, China, it has infected almost 1 million people globally while food production is being threatened.

In the United States over 5,000 deaths have been recorded while Nigeria had only two deaths and 179 confirmed cases.

Spain has recorded about 10,000 deaths after some 950 people reportedly died over nights.

So far, 17 public facilities, especially home of the elderly is being disinfected with supports from the Russian military.

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