THE Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has raised concerns about some students sitting for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE) to contract the disease.
At the joint national briefing of the task force on Thursday, Mustapha said, “in view of this, there is the need for more vigilance by all stakeholders and everyone else.”
He also expressed worry over the rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 50,488 and a death toll of 985.
Said him: “These records are not landmarks to be celebrated, especially as every single death further underscores the grief and pains of families and friends, scuttling lives which could have contributed to national development and abridging God’s purpose for the lost soul.
“This is aptly demonstrated by the fact that 14 of these paid the supreme sacrifice as they were doctors who toiled daily to save lives.”
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said that the most edifying tribute Nigerians could pay to those dead was to do the basic minimum in avoiding more fatalities.
”This is because the superiority of personal conviction on grounds of morality remains a more effective and dignified approach in appealing to our individual and collective conscience on the need to wear our face masks properly, maintain social distances, avoid crowded places and maintain personal hygiene.”
The SGF expressed hope that when the implementation of the National Policy on Ethics and Integrity, begins, “Nigerians will have the necessary incentive and impetus to always do the appropriate thing in all circumstances.
“The coronavirus pandemic continues to display unpredictable characteristics that show its relentless nature on populations that disregard common and simple protective measures,” Mustapha said.
He noted that this unpredictability was reflected in Plateau when the state witnessed the highest daily number of confirmed cases.
The SGF also said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had recently issued warnings on Vaccine Nationalism and that young people were aiding the spread of the virus.
He said that Nigeria with over 80 per cent of youth population, should give everyone more cause to be on guard.
“The PTF is, however, encouraged that majority of our youths are in the vanguard of this fight and we will still call on the few non-conforming ones to join,” he said.