As the federal government makes urgent moves to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, Senator Dino Melaye has called on wealthy Nigerians, multinationals, international oil companies, IOCs, and others to financially support the government at all levels.
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Making the call in Abuja on Tuesday, Senator Melaye also advised Nigerians not to see the efforts against Coronavirus as a “government thing,” as all hand have to be on deck if the menace has to be curbed.
Senator Melaye said: “The responsibility lies with all of us. This is not about government alone or any particular agency of government; it is about all of us. Hence, all hands must be on deck to combat Coronavirus. It is not about the government; it is about humanity. Public health affects national development; hence it should not be politicised.
Advising the government on the measures to take, the Kogi senator said: “Consequently, in furtherance to all measures and actions taken so far by the Federal Government to fight Coronavirus, I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, lockdown the nation’s capital, Abuja and the nation’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos, via an Executive Order.
He added: “This is necessary in the circumstance, in order to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus. There is no doubt that preventive measures are cheaper than treatment of any ailment, talk more of a global pandemic.”
The People’s Democratic Party senator, who represented Kogi West Senatorial district at the 8th Nigerian National Assembly, said that every Nigerian should act as if he or she has contracted the virus already and see everyone as a carrier of the virus. According to him, the move is for everyone to see it as a collective duty to make Nigeria Coronavirus-free.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have expressed fear that the virus may ravage the country as it did in Italy, killing hundreds of people. This they say is as a result of Nigeria’s poor health care system and unavailability of well-equipped isolation centres across the federation.