President Muhammadu Buhari has reorganised the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 into a Presidential Steering Committee.
This was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the committee, at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, decided to revamp the PTF into a presidential committee at the expiration of its extension on March 31, 2021.
He noted that the president approved the transformation of the PTF into the committee with a slightly modified mandate and structure.
Mustapha said: “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; and
“That the tenure of the Presidential Steering Committee shall last till 31st December, 2021;
“The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) would: maintain the present constitution, functions and strategies of the PTF; be supported by a slim technical and administrative structure.
“The current National Incident Manager (Dr Mukhtar Mohammed) shall formally take over from the National Coordinator and function as the Head (Technical Secretariat) and member of the PSC.”