COVID-19: ZLP chairman makes case for Kano

The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) National Chairman, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, Wednesday, in Abuja called for urgent actions to curb the alarming spread of COVID-19 in Kano State.

Nwanyanwu also urged the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) to take urgent steps to curb the spread of the virus.

“There is the urgent need for the NCDC and PTF to swing to action to arrest the glaring failure we are witnessing in Kano.

“Any delay in tackling this malady may result into a very unpleasant, unfortunate but avoidable national disaster,’’ he said in a statement.

The chairman decried that the COVID-19 Containment Committee set up by the state government had more or less collapsed as half of the members had tested positive.

He explained that the development had rendered the state “without leaders’’ in terms of fighting the raging pandemic.

According to him, the health and safety arrangements in the state for those who tested positive, leaves much to be desired.

Nwanyanwu said that the idea of giving paper to those people confirmed to be positive to report themselves to the isolation centre “is ill-advised and unprofessional’’.

He said many of those who tested positive and were given papers to report to isolation centres, had vanished into the society and had continued to spread the virus unhindered.

He noted that lack of enforcement of the directives on border closure announced by the state government over a month ago, had been completely ineffective.

Nwanyanwu suggested that a special taskforce be constituted for Kano by the PTF, to be run and managed by the PTF and NCDC.

According to the chairman, this is imperative due to the population in Kano and the peculiarities of the state; “Kano state needs help and that help is now”.

The ZLP chairman said that a lot was going on in Kano during the lockdown that should give all of Nigerians serious cause for worry.

He added that many religious leaders in the state were not cooperating with the social distancing directives given by the government.

According to him, they are still holding congregational prayers and presiding over religious rites and wedding engagements.

The chairman said that some youths in the state had turned the deserted streets into football fields and their fans were gathering around the fields in multitudes.

He said the youth were totally oblivious of the dangers they posed to themselves and to the people in the state.

It will be recalled that no fewer than 150 persons died and were buried in Kano over the weekend as undertakers in charge of cemeteries cried out for help saying they were being overwhelmed.

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