Barr. Monday Ubani, a former 2nd Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on Friday said he is deeply disappointed by the utterances of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Ubani, in a chat with Daily Independent, said rather than be an ambassador to Nigerian youths, the governor is embarrassing them through his utterances and actions.
The governor in a recent interview had said the state has developed an application that residents can use to ascertain whether persons with symptoms of coronavirus should report for testing.
According to the governor “So far, we have established about three isolation centres in the state. As God would have it, we have not recorded any issue. What we did was to develop an app that we launched and ensured that all citizens in Kogi State have access to that particular app.
“We carry out serious sensitisation and whoever is exhibiting any symptom, if you just simply log on to that app and follow the simple instruction, you will know whether you should come for any test or make any adverse report.”
However, Ubani who said it is appalling that the governor has not made any provison because the state has not recorded a single case also wondered if the application mentioned by the governor has been approved by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“I see such a pronouncement from an executive governor of a state in these trying times as statement that doesn’t have any logic and credibility. It is just appalling. That application he mentioned that he is using to test the status of the citizens has not been approved by the NCDC as being accurate”.
“Also, for the fact that I also heard that he has not made any provision at all for any patient because nobody in the state has tested positive, I think that there is something fundamentally wrong somewhere”.
“It is a very huge disappointment for such a state governor at this critical time when people are making arrangements for some of the unanticipated consequences of this pandemic. That a governor is saying he has not put any structure in place at all in the state is utterly shocking”.
“I think it is just a comedy on his part, and that it is coming from a governor everywhere places so much hope on in terms of the fact that based on his age, he is one of those people have been saying he is representing young Nigerians in government.
We have been having so many old men running Nigeria and now that we have a young man like the Kogi governor, I don’t think he is representing the interest of young Nigerians very well. Rather than representing the youths of Nigeria, I think he is embarrassing them”.
“It is very shocking. If those running around him, his aides and advisers cannot be bold enough to tell him the truth, those of us who are not in anyway his loyalists or his friends can be bold enough to tell him that we he said is an abomination and something that shouldn’t be heard from any serious-minded governor in 21st century”.
“That he has not made any arrangement because he has not tested anyone positive in Kogi is not something a serious government should make as a pronouncement. It is very appalling and a totally embarrassing statement” Ubani said.
Tanker Explosion: Ex- Gov Bello Aide On Students Matters Omonu Joshua Commiserates With Govt., Students, Families Of Accident Victims
The immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Students Matters to Governor Yahaya Bello, has joined his voice with that of other sympathisers to commiserate with the families of the students, Felele community who were killed during a Tanker explosion which occurred at early hours on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.
Joshua in a statement he personally signed and made available to News men prayed for eternal rest of those that died in the incident and fortitude to bear the loss on part of their families as well as quick recovery for the injured.
He equally condoled the government and people of Kogi State where he hail the prompt response of the government to the scene.
Kogi Inferno: Gov Obaseki Condoles With Kogi Govt, People And Wish Them Fortitude To Bear The Loss
The newly returned Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with the government and people of Kogi State, over the tanker explosion which claimed many lives.
In the condolence message issued in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday, Obaseki said: “I condole with the government and people of Kogi State over the tanker explosion that claimed several lives.
“The explosion is an urgent reminder of the need to prioritize road and rail infrastructure development in Nigeria.”
The governor added: “Our hearts go out to families that lost persons and wish them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Just In: Another Gas Explosion Hits Lagos
A gas explosion is currently rocking one area at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State.
According to reports gathered, many of the people who involved in the incident were injured.
The Punch reports that buildings around the scene of the explosion suffered a partial collapse. As of the time of filing this report, the details of the gas explosion were sketchy An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke.
The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties but many people are injured.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident.
He disclosed that emergency fighters have arrived at the scene of the incident. “LASEMA Response Team is at Cele Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.
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