- All hands are on deck to ensure that Nigeria defeats coronavirus
- The Nigerian Governors Forum has set up a six-man committee as part of measures to tackle the spread of the viral disease
- The committee is headed by the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has set up a six-man sub-committee as part of measures to tackle the dreaded coronavirus.
The committee is headed by the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.
Other members of the committee are governors of Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Ogun, Dapo Abiodun; Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Ebonyi, David Umayi; Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule and Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru.
The chairman of the governors’ forum, Kayode Fayemi disclosed this at the end of their recent meeting.
Fayemi said they are to review the trend of the COVID-19 pandemic and the falling oil price and advise states on sets of actions required to address challenges in the economy.
Nigeria recorded the first case of coronavirus in Lagos through an Italian national who travelled from Milan.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control immediately activated its national emergency operations centre to tackle the virus.
Five new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) were confirmed in Nigeria on Wednesday, March 18 bringing the number of the victims to eight as the deadly virus spreads beyond borders.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country on the measures taken to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The lawmakers made the request on Wednesday, March 18, after debating a matter of urgent public importance at a plenary session.
Similarly, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the federal government to set up a national committee to tackle the dreaded coronavirus.
The group specifically demanded that Nigerian students and academia should be part of the committee.
This was contained in a statement signed by NANS vice president, Chidi Ilogbe and Gambo Abubakar, the group's Senate president.
In a related development, some experts have cautioned that Nigeria should take necessary action to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in the country, noting that it is worse than coronavirus.
The experts made the comment at the Pre-World TB media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, March 17.
While coronavirus kills about 60 people daily, tuberculosis kills over 3,000 people daily worldwide. In Nigeria, 18 people die of TB every hour.
They called on the Nigerian government to pay serious attention to TB, stressing that it is a more dangerous disease than the dreaded coronavirus.
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