by Badejo Oluwaseun
Following the continued rise in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chukwuemeka Atigwe, on Wednesday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “immediately set up an emergency fund to help the country fight the COVID-19.”
Hon. Atigwe in a statement made available to Tribune Online, also underscored the need for President Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, issue a proclamation of a state of emergency on the pandemic in the country. Hon. Atigwe said the call by the Federal Government on Nigerians to prepare for tougher measures to curtail the ongoing spread of the disease is capable of creating panic among the populace, especially the illiterates. Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had at a briefing held on Monday, said the federal government might unveil new measures, including the use of military and the Police to trace over 1, 300 contacts of victims who have already dissolved into the larger society and yet to be traced. In a statement issued in Abuja, Hon. Atigwe argued that emergency declaration would make earlier precautionary measures to stem the infection rate, like banning large gatherings of over 50 persons, sporting events and closing of schools, among others, more effective.
The lawmaker explained that such action would not only help the government in halting the growing outbreak of coronavirus but also in ensuring quick recovery of those already infected.