Activities around the country have centered on COVID-19 global pandemic, and the state governments have continued to support the effort of the federal government on reopening the economy, while battling the local and grassroot collateral challenges at the same time.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State announced recently in a briefing at the state house, Marina, that the State is considering fully reopening the economy but needs to assess the readiness of the major players before reopening.
Presumed to be the epicenter of the pandemic in Nigeria, Lagos State still has the highest number of confirmed cases. Akin Abayomi, the State Commissioner for Health, stated in a recent briefing in Lagos that anti-malaria drug, chloroquine, may soon be used in trials to measure its efficacy against coronavirus.
The Federal Capital Territory residents express sigh of relief with the further reopening of the economy announced by the federal government. Entrepreneurs across the FCT are hopeful that the easing of the lockdown will jump-start the economic recovery from the hardship most residents are facing.
To underscore the federal government’s resolve to overcome COVID-19, Muhammad Musa Bello, the FCT Minister, while speaking at the recent tour of the Isolation and Treatment Center at Idu, assured Abuja residents that the FCT Administration (FCTA) is ‘working very hard to stop the escalation of COVID-19’.
In a compassionate move to reduce the negative economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic, Kano State government and the State rice processors have reached an agreement to reduce the cost of local rice in order to make it more affordable to the locals during the pandemic.
Also in order to mitigate upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the State, Dr. Tijjani Hussaini, the State Coordinator, COVID-19 Technical Response Team recently disclosed that the State has begun establishing more sample collection centers, training more voluntary mobilizers and health workers. This will complement the efforts of Dangote Group as well as 54gene who donated mobile laboratories to the state to help flatten the curve.
The mysterious deaths of man and fish in Bonny Island of Rivers State has become a matter of national concern. This is reflected during the plenary session presided over by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila recently, urging the various authorities concerned to swiftly discover the cause of the mysterious deaths in the State.
Meanwhile, Nyesome Wike the State Governor has also launched investigation into the deaths. In a recent broadcast, the Governor announced that a medical team headed by the State Commissioner of Health has visited the Island and collected samples from suspected cases for testing.