Governors of Northern states have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aid as they record more coronavirus cases.
The governor who made this call on Wednesday in a a communiqué issued after the Northern States Governors Forum held a teleconference lamented the continued interstate travel despite FG’s order.
According to them, states in their region accounts for about 54 percent of the total COVID-19 cases recorded in the country, hence the need for more relief materials.
Further noting that there have been progess in the fight against deadly virus after returning Almajiri kids to their states of origin, the governors however asked the Federal government to come to their aid by providing more relief materials for the states.
The communiqué reads in part: “We would continue to follow the laid-down protocol for “profiling, quarantining, testing, transportation, handing and taking over as well as reintegration of almajiris.
“The earlier decision by governors to purchase COVID-19 Mobile Testing Vans which have already been ordered to boost testing of more citizens especially in the rural areas was maintained.
“On enforcing closure of inter-state boundary roads, the Northern Governors again expressed disappointment that despite several measures taken, including presidential orders, people still 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.”
So far, Nigeria has recorded 6,677 cases of the disease with 200 deaths recorded.
According to NCDC data, most Northern states are listed among the top ten states in Nigeria with highest cases of COVID-19.