PTF Cautions Security Agencies Against Harassing Essential Workers

 PTF Cautions Security Agencies Against Harassing Essential Workers

A soldier observes temperature checks at the border between Abuja and Nasarawa, as the authorities try to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Nigeria March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde – RC2KUF9DQH37

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has cautioned the police and other security agencies against harassing journalists, health workers and other essential workers.

In a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, the PTF Chairman, said the guidelines issued for the lockdown clearly states that all essential workers, including medical personnel, journalists, fire service personnel, telecommunications workers, are all exempted.

He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, essential workers, including our indefatigable medical personnel, diligent journalists, courageous fire service personnel, telecommunications workers, are all exempted.’’

“The Inspector General of Police has further clarified the categories of essential workers in alignment with the guidelines and has issued instructions to security agents to work on the approved exemptions.’’

Boss Mustapha who expressed concerns over the frequent harassment of medical personals, however, hopes that the clarification on the guidelines will bring an end to all forms of harassment.

He said: “With this clarification, we sincerely hope that the persistent complaints of harassment by these categories of essential workers, especially medical personnel and journalists would be put to rest so that we can harmoniously work in battling this pandemic.’’

The PTF COVID-19 Boss further urged all essential workers to go about their legitimate duties carrying with them valid means of identification and to exercise courtesy in approaching security personnel.

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