THE federal government has announced progress in its mobilization of resources in the fight against coronavirus. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman, presidential task force on COVID-19, said the resources would re-enforce preparedness and other implementation arrangements.
Speaking at the national briefing on Friday, April 3, Mustapha said the government was working with other stakeholders to structure medical and life insurance cover for health workers on the frontline. “I therefore wish to assure them of our commitment and urge them to put in their utmost best as they battle to save us from this ravaging disease.
“The role of the Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in this battle is also well recognized. I, however, urge them to deploy their resources, especially community-based manpower to shore up the arrangements by the sub-national entities.
“As I mentioned in my remarks yesterday, COVID-19 remains a potential danger to all of humanity and it threatens our economy and national security, it therefore behooves on us to play our part in the national response very seriously. The Federal Government has ramped up its synergy with the State Governments through video-conferencing communication and the platform of the Governors Forum. By these measures, a lot of gaps are being closed for uniformity of purpose,” he said.
Mustapha, therefore, appealed to the law enforcement agencies to deploy tact and caution in the course of enforcing the rules, even, in the face of provocation. He also appealed to all Nigerians to be law abiding, exercise patience and self-restraint.
“The message from Mr. President is that no Nigerian should on account of these rules suffer any harm or pains during this period or at any time in our national life. To the Nigerian traders and businessmen and women, we appeal for resistance to the urge to hike prices of goods and commodities during this period as our compassionate nature must prevail. This is the best time to be considerate and to show empathy for our fellow Nigerians.”(Outlook Media).