The Ogun State House of Assembly has appealed to Community Development Associations (CDAs) to partner government in intensifying the sensitisation campaign on the coronavirus.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, made the appeal at plenary yesterday in Abeokuta.
Oluomo, who was responding to the submission of Mr Ademuyiwa Adeyemi (APC – Abeokuta South II), who spoke under personal explanation, noted that it was important to do everything possible to contain the virus.
The Speaker noted that the state government through the ministry of health had done a lot in the area of sensitisation, especially through the mass media.
He added that there was need for increased sensitisation of the public on the dreaded coronavirus.
Oluomo called on community heads to improve on the campaign to educate residents in rural communities in the state on how to avoid the virus.
Adeyemi, who is the Chairman of House Committee on Education, earlier said there was need for more public sensitisation on the virus.
The lawmaker added that it was necessary for the state’s health ministry to furnish the house on its efforts in managing the situation as well as the state of health facilities.
Also during plenary, the House received a letter from Gov. Dapo Abiodun on a bill for a law to amend the Ogun State Health Insurance Law, 2018.
The governor’s letter read by the Speaker noted that the bill had received the approval of the State Executive Council and called for the consideration of the ninth legislature.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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