- NEF has commended President Buhari for his intervention in Kano’s alarming situation
- The convener of the group, Prof Ango Abdullahi, commended the FG on Thursday, April 30
- Abdullahi, however, said the forum regrets attempts by many state governments to play politics with numbers of the COVID-19 cases
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has commended the efforts of the federal government in addressing the alarming situation of coronavirus pandemic in Kano state.
Daily Nigerian reports that the convener of the forum, Prof Ango Abdullahi, gave the commendation in a statement in Kaduna on Thursday, April 30.
Legit.ng gathered that Abdullahi noted that the efforts were vital in limiting further escalation of infections in the entire north and the country.
He said the forum shares the nation’s concern over the daily rise in verified cases of infections from COVID-19 all over the country, including Kano state.
“The forum condoles with families who have lost members to this pandemic and prays for the full recovery of others who have tested positive to the virus.
“The forum commends the efforts of the federal government towards addressing the alarming situation in Kano and notes that these efforts are vital in limiting the further escalation of infections in the entire north and the country.
“In particular, we commend the decision to deploy a strong medical team, among others to verify the causes of many deaths that are being popularly attributed to the pandemic. As well as assist the government of Kano state to improve its facilities, investigations and treatment of suspected infections and those who are infected,” he said.
Abdullahi further commended the decision of the federal government to source for equipment and other facilities on behalf of the Kano state government and urged that this be done with speed and openness.
He, however, called for more to be done in providing medical facilities, personnel, Protective Personal Equipment (PPEs) to ensure total success in containing the virus and treatment of infected persons.
“Citizens with other ailments cannot get medical attention due to restricted availability of spaces, equipment, and more importantly personnel.
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“Testing and preparation of isolation centres are far behind the rate of spread of the virus, and these need to be addressed with the resources of the government of Kano state, the federal government and public-spirited individuals and corporate individuals.
“We cannot overemphasise the need for the government of Kano state to take steps to regain confidence and support of the citizens of the state, to open its medical assets and give medical personnel the protection and confidence," he added.
He advised Kano state government to improve its strategic communication strategies, ensure openness with regards to causes of recent deaths and more effective means of convincing the public over the realities of the dangers we all face.
Abdullahi said that the forum regrets attempts by many state governments “to play politics with numbers for what appears to be expectations that more funds from the federal government and foreign donors would be allocated to them.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government said the gradual easing of restrictions on activities and movements should not be mistaken to mean life has returned to normal in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the coronavirus pandemic, Boss Mustapha, gave the warning on Thursday, April 30, during the daily press briefing by the task force in Abuja.
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