- The Kogi state government has called for the disbandment of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19
- The government stated that the task force has been releasing fictitious figures to members of the public regarding COVID-19
- The Yahaya Bello-led administration was reacting to a recent pronouncement by the PTF
The Kogi state government has called for the immediate disbandment of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, accusing the federal government team of releasing fictitious figures to members of the public regarding the virus.
The allegation was made in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, February 5 by the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr. Ayoade Folashade Arike.
The SSG further accused the PTF of dishing out falsehood against the Kogi state government, adding that the federal government team has betrayed the intention of President, Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians.
Part of the statement read:
It is clear that the PTF has not learnt a lesson from the colossal loss of revenue, job losses, riots (#EndSARS protest ),etc. resulting from the unnecessary lockdown they imposed on the country in 2020. The loss from the poor management of COVID-19 far outweighs the actual loss from the disease itself.
The PTF had long predicted the second wave in advance, as though they had a secret communion where COVID-19 gave them notice that they would be coming at such a time. Whereas, the PTF was merely mimicking, copying and listening to happenings in other parts of the world and running the same commentary down our throats. H
There is available in Nigeria effective treatment for COVID-19. We should focus more on harnessing those treatment options than the mad rush to throw away our hard-earned money in pursuit of a vaccine.
Nigeria should be at the forefront of technology transfer and bringing prosperity to its people. PTF should not be in the forefront of importing poverty and disease.
It is rather curious that the PTF that claimed to have treated and discharged over 90% of the COVID-19 patients without the use of any vaccine, is hell-bent on spending a humongous amount of money to procure vaccines on the same disease.
The Kogi state government also warned that it will not tolerate any abuse of power and privilege by the PTF.
The government stated that it remains committed to the well-being of her citizens and residents and will continue to be.
Recall that the PTF recently classified Kogi as a high-risk state for COVID-19, adding that the state government has failed to acknowledge the existence of the virus, report tests or build isolation centres.
The PTF announced the classification on Monday, February 1, and warned Nigerians to beware of visiting the state.
Recently, the secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) warned Governor Bello that COVID-19 is real and must be adequately tackled. The NGF made the statement following Governor Bello's claim that COVID-19 vaccines are meant to kill people.