COVID-19 Scare: Borno law makers urge caution ahead of Buhari’s visit

COVID-19 Scare: Borno law makers urge caution ahead of Buhari’s visit

By Dilibe Michael

Ahead of President Buhari’s visit to Borno State later in the week, some members of the Borno State House of Assembly have urged strict adherence to the NCDC’s Covid-19 safety protocols.

The law makers argued that it is incumbent on the good people of Borno State to ensure the safety of the President and his entourage while in the state and as such every effort must be put in place to ensure strict compliance with the Covid-19 protocol by every resident, no matter how highly placed.

Their admonition is coming against the backdrop of the reported plan by the erstwhile governor of the state, Senator Ali-Modu Sherif to return to Maiduguri from Chad to attend President Buhari’s visit.

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The President is billed to visit the state on June 17 to commission some of the 556 projects executed by Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum.

Some of the projects that will be commissioned by President Buhari included 74 primary healthcare centres, new doctors quarters as well as 6,000 resettlement houses for IDPs and refugees in 15 towns.

The President was expected to also commission some capital project out of the 194 education Mega- size Government Technical and Primary schools in different communities in the statea While others included 10,000 resettlement houses approved by the federal government, with four thousand already completed among others.

The lawmakers who spoke in separate interviews, urged the former governor and any other person for that matter who may have travelled out to countries where Covid-19 scare is evident, to show a sense of responsibility by complying with Covd-19 protocol.

There has been reported cases of new variant of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) said to be more deadly, faster and efficient in transmission, and which is currently ravaging some parts of Africa.

“In Chad, from January 2020 to 15 June 2021, there have been 4,943 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 174 deaths, reported to World Health Organisation(WHO).

They argued that it was worrisome for Sherif to even contemplate attending the presidential visit instead of proceeding on 7-days self-isolation, during which time he was expected to avoid physical interaction with other members of the public.

One of the law makers disclosed that Ali Modu Sherrif was not the only Prominent Leader that would miss the visitation of President Buhari, noting that Sen. Kashim Shettima had returned to the Country from the United Kingdom but on arrival, presented himself at the sample collection centre for the repeat PCR test and proceeded for quarantine.

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