- The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in containing the spread of coronavirus in the country
- Onyeama made the statement on Tuesday, June 30, when a delegation of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), paid him a visit
- The minister said the setting up of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 by the president was effective in combating the COVID-19 pandemic
The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in containing the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Onyeama made the statement on Tuesday, June 30, when a delegation of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), paid him a visit.
The minister said the setting up of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 by the president was effective in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the measures put in place to curb the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, amid concentrated efforts channeled towards the fight against the pandemic, Lagos state government has reassured its residents that the COVID-19 test is free for all Lagosians at every coronavirus public testing laboratories.
According to The Nation, this information was disclosed in a statement signed by Gbenga Omotoso, the state commissioner for information and strategy.
“For the avoidance of doubt it is necessary to reiterate to members of the public that testing remains free of charge at all public testing laboratories,” the statement reads in parts.
The general public has been urged by the state government to take advantage of this service if they feel unwell or come in close contact with someone that is infected.
Omotoso went on to note that Lagos government despite establishing sampling centres across the megacity and has continued to enhance the capacity of the public testing laboratories to test all those who require testing free of charge.
Lagos has become the epicentre of infection in Nigeria with the state holding about 50% of the total cases across the country. As of Tuesday, June 30, Lagos continues to take the lead with a total of 10,510 cases.
In another report, the Ondo chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to carry out testing and isolate some lawmakers in the state's house of assembly.
Some of the lawmakers and other aides had accompanied Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to Abuja to purchase nomination and expression of interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP said it was concerned about the possibility of identifying, isolating and testing those who may have been exposed to the governor particularly within the last 14 days.
A statement by its spokesman, Zadok Akintoye, read: “A viral video clearly showing the Governor sneezing into his hands in the midst of the honourable members of the House of Assembly, was shared online making it imperative that the National Centre for Disease Control takes immediate action in testing and isolating anyone who may have been exposed to the Governor within the last few days.
“Our prayers and best wishes goes to the governor at these time and we hope that the lessons learnt would help in ensuring greater compliance with laid down rules for mitigating the spread of the virus.”
On social media, some Nigerians have been lamenting that state governors and highly placed persons continue to flout COVID-19 protocols.
While they easily get away with it become of their standing in the society, those at the lower rung of the society get 6-month jail time.
Already, Nigeria is fighting to curb community transmission of the viral disease, but many, especially the elites, seems to have moved on.
One of such persons is the governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello who recently declared that COVID-19 is an artificial creation
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