Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, says now is time for wealthy Nigerians and religious groups to give back to the society to ameliorate the suffering caused by coronavirus pandemic-occasioned lockdown.
The commissioner made the request yesterday in Asaba while briefing newsmen on the state government’s preparedness for total lockdown in the state from Wednesday, April 1.
He said that the lockdown had become necessary to check and contain the disease from spreading and escalating.
He stated that the 14 days stay at home directive had become necessary to prevent the pandemic and contain transmission.
He said although the state had not recorded any incidence, every precautionary measure was being put in place to ensure that even when any case was reported, it will be managed effectively.
He said that all burial ceremonies must be kept low and handled by the family members alone.
He said that the state government among other things had already acquired 19 ventilators to support any victim who might have difficulty in breathing.
He said that the ministry and all relevant committees on COVID-19 in the state would constantly brief newsmen on developments regarding the pandemic.
“Now is not time for people to report false information on the pandemic.
“We have 12 holding centres across the state where suspects will be referred to before taking them to the various isolation centres for further treatment.
“We should sensitise the people to keep the rules of respiratory hygiene, social distancing and regular hand washing, adding that `prevention is better than cure’.
“As from Wednesday, all markets, government offices and movement will be shutdown; people should sit at home for two weeks except for those on essential duties who must move with their identifications.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
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.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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