THE Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has been asked to come to terms with the reality of COVID-19 in the state and address it with a sense of responsibility.
In a statement on Sunday, a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Tajudeen Yusuf, harped on the need for the governor and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to be decisive on COVID-19.
Yusuf, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) representing Ujumu/Bunu/Kabba Federal Constituency, stated that the “shenanigans as playing the ostrich cannot save Kogi from the pandemic.”
After the NCDC on Saturday, May 30, 2020, announced that Kogi had two COVID-19 positive cases, state government promptly accused the NDDC of forcing confirmed COVID-19 cases on the state.
Yusuf called on Bello to accept the result for the NCDC and to step in and commence efforts to check the spread.
The lawmaker, who noted that the state government had not distributed palliatives to the people explained that “whatever palliatives the people have received, either came from National Assembly members, State Assembly, community development association or private individuals.
“Even the food items sent from the Federal Government has not been shared, and there is no single test centre.”
He insisted that, “Kogi must rise up against COVID-19 and cease to play the proverbial ostrich that buries its head in the sand at the approach of danger.
“I am sure many would have died of COVID-19 without knowing and many would have been healed without knowing.”
The lawmaker called on all parties to rise beyond the divides of politics, faith and ethnicity for an effective war against the pandemic as he expressed concern over how the virus has killed more than 100,000 persons in the U.S, even with its medical systems.
According to him, “in Kogi where the number of available hospital beds and other resources are limited, our best chance is to prevent a spread.”
He noted that “being positive is not a death sentence” and called on the people to maintain proper personal hygiene by regular hand-washing, observe physical distancing, and other protocols from the NCDC.