Posted by News Express | 26 April 2020 | 528 times
By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Anambra State has taken a swipe at Governor Willie Obiano for spending huge sums of money to set up isolation centres for COVID-19 in the state without first setting up test centres to enable people know their status.
In a statement by her state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Okelo Madukaife, APC stressed that a total of 20 tests for a state of roughly five million population staying indoors for one confirmed case is a faint ratio that looks bleak to hit the required targets of keeping the deadly virus away.
He said that while the party welcomes the Governor’s April 18, 2020 broadcast, it is also happy that the update on Anambra State COVID-19 case finally came.
The statement partly read: “We are grateful to God that one confirmed case of our state is turning out to be the fastest recovery in the whole of Nigeria, if not the world. If this becomes the another first from the home state of the great Zik of Africa, we proudly claim it.
“At the risk of sounding repetitive, we hold the considered view that Anambra needs more tests, has the capacity to set up a test centre, or centres within the state and at its boundaries, and the fact that government is not thinking in that direction makes us hold the considered view that current approaches are timid and can be better handled. There needs to be adequate cooperation with all who can offer help on this subject.
“Gladly, Lagos State has announced the establishment of 26 centres in the state. Anambra may not need 26 as yet, but we need test centres and need them fast.
“Although the Governor stopped short of indicating the date he signed the reference Anambra COVID-19 Bill into law, we are aware that Anambra State House of Assembly deliberated and passed the bill on April 17, 2020.”
While recalling the shooting of two youths by police officers on patrol to ensure total adherence to the lockdown directive by the state government at Nkpor, Idemili North Local Government Area and the shooting and maiming in Umunze, Orumba South LGA, the party warned that it will not accept exchange of life for underwriting of burial costs.”
The party added: “It is needless to remind us that the Nebuchadnezzar Code, styled Anambra Burial law, adds salt to injury, when actual costs come to play. But our understanding of the remedy for the unlawful killings is to dig up the immediate and remote factors of that shameful and morbid event which led to arson and other chains of events, subject culprits to the wrath of the law and mete out punishments where necessary.
“Anambra life cannot continue to be cheap in the eyes of APGA governance, considering that we had spoken out when the governor fixed a monetary penalty for herdsmen killing Anambra citizens in the past. A similar development in Osun State has met the right course of action with the concerned policeman already undergoing trial.
"Once again, we implore government to dismantle all illegal roadblocks mounted in the state by all mushroom bodies alien to the law, who are keying in to a new window of corruption to nip any future clash in the board.
"We challenge the Obiano-led state government to take a far-sighted view of this matter and outline what ought to happen when lockdowns are over and the fear of COVID-19 is not over in the state. This means a decisive position of production of facemasks as well as known and yet unknown preventive measures."
The party further called on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take proper administrative and judicial notice of the foundation of injustice being allegedly erected by Obiano on this count and redirect the issue of fundamental human rights.
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