By Umar Salam.
The Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) has appealed to the Federal Government for support, in order to sustain the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the region.
The governors, in a communique issued on Wednesday after a teleconference presided over by its chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, lamented that the northern region had recorded about 54% of the total Covid-19 cases nationwide, as well as 70% of new infections in the country.
Highlighting their efforts in curtailing the spread of the virus, the northern chief executives noted appreciable progress in the repatriation of Almajiris to their home states.
The communique added that, “The Governors also maintained their earlier decision to purchase COVID-19 Mobile Testing Vans which have already been ordered to boost testing of more citizens especially in the rural areas.”
The governors frowned at the non-compliance with the ban on interstate movements, while resolving to intensify their call for support from the Federal Government.
“On enforcing closure of inter-state boundary roads, the Northern Governors again expressed disappointment that despite several measures taken, including Presidential orders, there are still violations where people move from one State to another through compromise and use of illegal routes.
“The forum resolved to continue their appeal to the Federal Government for support to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, as the northern region now has about 54% of the national cases and 70 percent of new infections”, the communique stated.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had on Wednesday night confirmed 284 new cases of Coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of infections to 6677, with 1840 recoveries and 200 deaths.
See breakdown of the affected parts of the country below: