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COVID-19: Rising an infection amongst VIPs risk to governance, safety

By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

The Presidential Process Drive (PTF) on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic noticed the current rise of optimistic instances of the virus amongst individuals in positions of authority as a risk to governance and safety.

Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, Mr Boss Mustapha, who made the commentary in the course of the job pressure media briefing on Monday in Abuja, nonetheless charged all Nigerians to be vigilant.

Noting that the current developments had additional confirmed that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate or respect positions, he stated the PTF would step up its sensitisation technique in opposition to the virus.

“Of current, we now have witnessed a excessive fee of optimistic instances particularly amongst individuals in authority. This has a direct impression on governance and safety of our nation.

“We urge that vigilance and care must be exhibited by all Nigerians regardless of standing. This virus doesn’t discriminate and the PTF shall maintain sustaining its sensitization messaging”, he stated.

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He went additional to notice that although Nigeria determined to loosen up a few of the restrictions imposed to curb the unfold of the virus, its unfold the world over had not slowed down, emphasising the necessity for each Nigerian to stay accountable and forestall a repeat of the errors made in the course of the 1918 pandemic.

“Girls and gents, let me emphasise that call for additional rest was cautiously taken by authorities to steadiness lives and livelihood. Rising world and home statistics of instances and fatalities have proven that COVID-19 has not given any rest.

“Due to this fact, we can’t afford to decelerate and we must not ever compromise. Allow us to proceed to be taught from historical past of pandemics by avoiding the errors of 1918.

“Having laid that basis, the PTF calls on all Nigerians to additionally stay vigilant and this name is underscored by world and nationwide developments within the final one week, particularly all through the week-end. Within the final one week, we now have witnessed a resurgence in nations that have been famous as having efficiently contained or containing the unfold of the virus.

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“The scenario in Beijing and the USA of America ought to inform our particular person and collective actions. In fact, such resurgence have led to reintroduction of precision/location particular lockdown in some areas akin to elements of Galicia area, Catalonia, Spain”, he stated.

He stated that the PTF on Monday, met with the heads of safety and defence companies to overview and chart a refined course in view of the truth that COVID-19 is a world well being, and socio-economic and safety concern and Nigeria should proceed to evolve new methods peculiar to her surroundings, even whereas working inside world prescriptions.

He stated that the Nigerian Inter-Spiritual Council (NIREC) organized nationwide prayers for each Muslims and Christians to hunt divine intervention on COVID-19 and several other different issues confronting the nation and humanity.

He stated that some extra advantages derivable from the intervention of NIREC embrace consciousness on the evils of gender violence, advantages of peaceable co-existence, spiritual tolerance and deepening the impression of Group Engagement and Danger Communication programmes of the PTF.

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Additionally talking, the Nationwide Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, famous the essential position to be performed by spiritual and neighborhood leaders, in addition to conventional rulers in taking danger communication and sensitisation to the individuals on the neighborhood stage.

“We’re appealling to all conventional rulers, neighborhood and spiritual leaders, who stay integral a part of the agricultural communities in addition to the city communities, to affix the struggle by driving the sensitisation programmes proper all the way down to the grassroots, because it pertains to COVID-19 prevention.

“The PTF will life to see spiritual and conventional figures incorporate our life saving well being advisories of their messages to their worshippers and neighborhood members. This must be thought of a chance at each prayer session within the nation”, he appealed.

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