By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State Chapter, has demanded more explanation from the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, on the extension of 30 days lockdown order and the lack of updating of the citizens on the level of responsiveness and preparedness of the State Government on the COVID-19 pandemic across the state.
This was expressed in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Kaduna, Abraham Alberah Catoh.
“Following the statement issued by the State Government on Sunday, 26th March, 2020, by Muyiwa Adekeye, Media Adviser to the Governor, the party observed that there are grey areas on the level of responsiveness and preparedness of the State Government on the Coronavirus pandemic campaign,” it said.
The PDP said it also noticed that the only concern of the State Government is locking down of the state against human traffic and generating revenue from the fines of the would-be prosecuted law breakers, without commiserate efforts in the establishment of test centres and testing of citizens.
“From the long epistles the government issued out yesterday, they failed to address issues relating to how far they have gone in providing tests centres, methods they are using to confirm new cases and what they intend to do while the quarantine order lasts in the Covid-19 campaign.
“Locking down the State is only a means to an end but not an end itself;it’s just one step and is not enough to curb the spread of the dreaded disease or fight it!
“The people need assurances on what the State Government is doing thus far.
“By now, we had expected that ,with all the media innuendos, a door-to-door testing of residents or other means of getting results to identify positive or asymptomatic cases would have been put in place.
“Our Party therefore, urges the State Government to, as a matter of urgency, make delibrate efforts in the provision of more testing centres other than the centres provided by the Federal Government and the one donated by a private individual, across the 23 Local Governments, or at least, the 3 Senatorial Districts of the State and also provide Personal Protective Equipments(PPEs) to security agents manning our roads.
“Fumigation of Market Places, Motorparks, Hospitals,Communities and Streets should also be considered in the efforts put in place to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“Apparently, the State Government has no single Covid-19 test centre in any part of the State, unlike Ogun and other States that has Drive-Through Testing Centres.
“Testing and more testing remains a major panacea in the fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“Furthermore, we condemned the slashing of 25% of public servants salaries. We consider it as a Greek gift. Only recently, Governor Elrufai claimed to have increased their salaries, how can he turn around and removed 25 per cent without their consent?
“Finally, the claims made by the State Government about the palliatives to 59 community clusters in 9 Local Government Areas, we observed that the sharing method was abysmal and there were pockets of complains across board of diversion of the items that were meant for the down trodden.
“The PDP advises that, in its second phase of the government’s sharing of the palliaves across the 23 Local Government Areas, our party and the general public wish to know the method that would be used, how much would be spent and where the locations of the sharing of the items going to take place, so as to curtail a repeat of what happened during the first phase of the exercise and we shall hold you accountable in the near future,” PDP said.