Buhari signs 2021 budget as Lagos insists on no crossover night programmes

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President Muhamadu Buhari on Thursday signed the 2021 appropriation bill into law.

It would be recalled that the 2021 appropriation bill was passed by the National Assembly last Monday before embarking on its holiday.

The President on New Year’s eve signed the bill to sustain the January-December fiscal cycle.

The N13.5 trillion budget will run from January 1st to December 31st in 2021.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has insisted that crossover programmes will not hold in the state, directing all officers to enforce all protocols as highlighted by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Odumosu instructed his officers and men to enforce the 12am to 4am curfew and also ensure the total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, amongst others.

This was contained in a statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Thursday.

It comes as churches have adjusted their plans for crossover services on the night of December 31, 2020.

“The Commissioner of Police reiterated that they must enforce the use of face mask regularly at public places (markets/malls), social distancing, total closure of night clubs, bars, lounges, event centres, no social party, street carnivals, use of infra-red thermometers to check body temperature, hand sanitisers and enforcement of the imposed curfew between 12 midnight and 4am.

“All Area Commanders and DPOs must ensure such due enforcement in their various offices across the command; noting that COVID-19 is real and we must do everything possible within our reach to halt its spread,” the statement partly read.

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