Our chapter of APC restates for the avoidance of doubt that Anambra State will do better in the fight against COVID 19 if it makes a bold move to acquire its own testing kits, sets up its testing centres and relates with NCDC and the Federal Government collaboratively in terms of standards, guarantees and facilities that the state cannot immediately provide.
It is our considered view that this approach will win us the fight, which there is no reason to assume we are on top of because no tests are being done in the state.
We see the current struggle as too serious for the Secretary to Anambra State Government to speak in circles or parables, raising more questions than answers.
If Governor Obiano has announced through a third party that is not his deputy, who takes charge by law, when he is unavailable, we need to hear how many samples were tested in Irruwa and if those fall into the category that NCDC prioritises at the moment and what ratio it is to the resident population in the state.
We recall that before our last statement on this matter, Imo State had no reason to worry ,looking at the scoreboard of NCDC- confirmed cases, but the facts have since departed from there ,with the second death unfortunately turning out to be an Imo State Citizen, who had visited his Owerri hotel and stayed in his Mbaise country home.
We do not wish to see any such complications in Anambra State, which we insist is home to the biggest travelers in Nigeria, particularly when a security lapse allowed an influx of persons traveling in from the Lagos axis through the Niger Bridge axis in the morning of Monday, March 29,2020, without any medical protocols, after closing the bridge overnight.
We seize this chance to commend the governors who have boldly and courageously declared their status, following the decision that all governors who sat in the Nigerian Governors Forum meeting should go for tests, and wish them speedy recovery.
We trust that others governors will do so ,to embolden their citizens to step forward and be scrutised, as opposed to the Imo State experience.
The Government of Anambra State should not be afraid to take pioneer steps.
Old Anambra State, started the ABS University of the Air, long before Nigeria came to the idea. The Government of the Eastern Region pioneered the funding of qualitative education between the government and the private sector, long before it became popular. That was the precursor to the University of Nigeria. Osun State started the School Feeding Program long before it was adopted as a federal program and Governor Chris Ngige driven by circumstances pioneered the idea of state governments repairing and reconstructing federal roads within the state on a massive scale.
We are optimistic that ideas and human resources to fight since the wind in this dofficult time is in Anambra State, begging to be harnessed. Running tests in Ebonyi ,Edo and any other place outside Anambra State may not meet with the pace we now need to stay ahead of this pandemic as a state.
The science and bio- medical community in the state should be creatively mobilised towards a home- grown management module, if not a cure.
The stakes are high and that needs to reflect in the policy actions and drive from Anambra State Government.
For: ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS ( APC),ANAMBRA STATE CHAPTER
State Publicity Secretary
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