Test Centers:APC flays Obiano over deployment of COVID-19 measures

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THE All Progressive Congress (APC) has reminded the Anambra State  Governor Willie Obiano that while it will not be wise to deploy so much money to combat Covid-19 by establishing isolation centers, install other proactive measures and not spare enough to set up a single facility to test residents in the state. 

The party in the state called on Obiano to as a matter of urgency set up a Covid-19 test centres in the State to give the people a chance to get tested and ascertain their status so that the quarantine centres could be useful in the event of outbreaks.

In a statement by the party’s state publicity secretary, Mr. Okelo Madukaife, the APC noted that “we are grateful to God that one confirmed case of our state is turning out to be the fastest recovery in the country, if not the world.

“Waith 20 tests for a state in an estimated population of 10 million people staying indoors for one confirmed case is still a faint ratio that looks bleak to hit the required targets of keeping this dangerous ailment away.

“We repeat that Anambra needs more tests and has the capacity to set up a test centre, or centres within the state. The fact that government is not thinking in that direction makes us hold the view that current approaches are timid and can be better handled. There needs to be adequate cooperation with all who can offer help on this subject.

“Anambra may not need 26 test centers as yet like Lagos State that has announced the establishment of 26 test centers in the state, but we need test centres and need them fast.

Tests, tests, and more tests

“The governor stopped short of indicating the date he signed the reference Anambra Covid-19  Bill into law, but we are aware that Anambra State House of Assembly passed the bill on April 17.

“We condemn the violence at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area, which reportedly claimed the lives of two youths on April 15, just like the shooting and maiming in Umunze, Orumba-South Local Government Area.

“In Anambra, life cannot continue to be cheap in the eyes of APGA governance, considering that we spoken up when the governor fixed a monetary penalty for herdsmen killing Anambra citizens in the past.”

According to the statement, APC had prevailed on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take proper administrative and judicial notice of the foundation of injustice being allegedly erected by Obiano on this count and redirect this grave issue of fundamental human rights. 

The party therefore challenged human right non-governmental organisations in Anambra to speak out against such killings and other acts of injustice and prove that they were not mere appendages to the incumbent administration.

It said, “once again we implore government to dismantle all illegal roadblocks mounted in the state by all mushroom bodies, who are keying in to a new window of corruption to nip any future clash in the board.

“We challenge the Obiano-led state government to take a far-sighted view of this matter and outline what ought to happen when the lockdown is over and the fear of Covid-19 is not over in the state. This means a decisive position of production of facemasks as well as known and yet unknown preventive measures,” the statement concluded. 

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