The Speaker of the Kogi House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole, has urged the people of the state to stay safe and assist the underprivileged and vulnerable groups in the fight against continuous spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Kolawole made the call in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Femi Olugbemi and made available to Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Lokoja.
He commended the efforts of the state government toward alleviating the plight of the people occasioned by the global pandemic in spite of the fact that the state had yet to record any case of the virus.
He noted that the spread of the deadly coronavirus was yet to abate in Nigeria hence he commended the “genuine efforts” being put in place by government at all levels to halt the spread.
Kolawole noted that the prompt payment of salaries and allowances to Kogi civil servant in the month of March was a pointer to the fact that the State Government cared for the people and was committed to alleviating their suffering.
He described as essential, the peoples’ cooperation with government in the prevailing trying period noting that the government was making great sacrifices toward curtailing the spread of the COVID-19 in the state.
“It has become imperative for the people of the state to adhere strictly to the health protocols in place considering the situation at hand”, he said.
The Speaker stressed that the warning had become necessary in view of the fact that seven out of the 10 states including the FCT sharing boundaries with Kogi State had recorded cases of persons infected with the virus.
He commended the State Committee on Covid-19 headed by the Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja for its proactiveness in stepping up measures against the pandemic through Sensitisation of the people on precautionary health protocols laid down by WHO.
He urged the residents to continue to maintain social distancing of one to two meters, promote personal hygiene, regular washing of hands and the use of sanitizers.
The speaker hoped and prayed that God would not allow Kogi to witness the pandemic before its eventual root-out of Nigeria.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and Abdullahi Yusuf