- The federal government is worried about the high number of VIPs who have contracted coronavirus
- Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha says the situation will have a direct impact on the country
- The SGF, however, warned that COVID-19 does not discriminate or respect positions
The federal government has expressed worry over the rising positive cases of the virus among people in positions of authority.
The federal government expressed its concern through the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.
Speaking on Monday, July 6 at a press briefing by the PTF, Mustapha described the situation as a threat to national security and governance.
Nigeria's Very Important Personalities (VIPs), and government officials, have been mostly affected by the coronavirus.
The SGF charged all Nigerians to be vigilant, adding that recent developments had confirmed that COVID-19 does not discriminate or respect positions.
‘‘Of recent, we have witnessed a high rate of positive cases especially among people in authority. This has a direct impact on the governance and security of our nation.
‘‘We urge that vigilance and care should be exhibited by all Nigerians irrespective of status. This virus does not discriminate and the PTF shall keep sustaining its sensitization messaging,’’ he said.
He added that the PTF had recently met with the heads of security and defence agencies to review and chart a new course, highlighting the global health, socio-economic and security challenges triggered by the pandemic.
He said Nigeria must continue to evolve new strategies peculiar to her environment while working within global prescriptions.
Dr Osagie Ehanire, Nigeria's minister of health, had earlier expressed his concerns about the impact and effect of COVID-19 on its citizens.
Ehanire said this when he welcomed the new World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Nigeria, Dr Walter Mulombo, in his office.
Experts say Nigeria's coronavirus cases are still low due to low testing numbers but with high positive rate percentage, the country will surpass 100,000 cases when more testing is done.
At the moment, the states with more testing are at an advantage, the experts say, warning that states not testing at the moment are creating a monster they must have to live it.
Recall that the coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, gave an update on the federal government's recent decision concerning the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
Aliyu noted that the WAEC timetable is not determined by Nigeria and the government does not want a spill-over in the country's academic calendar.
He noted that any serious spill-over in the nation’s academic calendar will affect graduating students.
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