THE Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), the umbrella body of the 36 state governors, have laid the markers as it moves to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, which is kicking into community transmission in many states.
At the conclusion of its sixth COVID-19 teleconference, the governors agreed to shut interstate borders for two weeks, an ostensible decision that will lockdown the entire country, and limit the spread of the coronavirus among the states, while making allowances for essential services.
In a communique issued by the Ekiti State governor and Chairman of NGF, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the governors noted the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and the urgent need to break the spread if the country will stand any chance of combating the community transmission.
Fayemi updated the forum on the collaboration with multilateral and bilateral partners, the private sector, the Federal Government in a Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID).
Worried with the rate of manifestation of COVID-19 cases that has stretched to 25 states, the governors advocated for a collective response to the spread of the virus in communities and drew from the experiences of governors in affected areas like Lagos.
To effect a decentralized approach, the governors resolved to set up regional COVID-19 committees which will commissioners of health in the state will head, while they will also coordinate the implementation of all public health recommendations and liaise with the state Anti-Coronavirus TaskForce.
The Governors’ Forum resolved to work with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to ensure the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the continued training of health workers and others in the use of the equipment.
The Governors congratulated their colleague, the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, for returning two consecutive negative test results for the coronavirus after nearly four weeks of testing positive and observed minute minute’s silence in honour of all Nigerians who have lost their lives to coronavirus.