Alhaji Mahmud AbdulRaheem, a senior lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication, University of llorin, has urged Kwara Government to be more proactive on its effort to further curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.
AbdulRaheem, a veteran journalist and former General Manager of Kwara broadcasting corporation (Radio Kwara) and Kwara Television Authority (KWTV), llorin, made the call on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nogeria in Ilorin.
Reacting to the month-long COVID-19 lockdown in the state, the academic noted that no meaningful development had taken place on combatting the scourge in view of the number of cases recorded in the state.
The former media executive who lauded the state government efforts at combatting the disease, however called for more pragmatic approach through practical and rigorous sensitisation of residents.
AbdulRaheem advised the state government to adopt the use of public address vans to patrol all the 193 wards in the 16 local government areas of the state with enlightenment audio-visual messages, fliers and posters in various native languages on coronavirus.
“Residents of the state should see the state government be more proactive by reinvigorating the sensitisation programme to allow the lockdown has desired effect.
“The lockdown alone in the state cannot solve the problem on ground, we cannot get something out of nothing,” he added.
Besides, the veteran journalist urged the state government to engage the services of more adhoc staff, traditional rulers, opinion and community leaders to wipe out COVID-19 from the state.
The lectirer also advised the state government to set up a factory for the production of nose masts and hand gloves to make them accessible and affordable to the people
AbdulRaheem frowned at what he described as lackadaisical attitude of some residents who defy government directive on how to curb further spread of the disease.
The state has so far recorded nine cases of coronavirus with one death.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)