The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked the Federal Government to step up its actions, move beyond rudimentary interventions and adopt more stringent measures to further safeguard Nigeria from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The main opposition party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted the steps so far taken but expressed worries that the current approach still fell short of the required pre-emptive measures, thereby leaving gaps that exposed our nation to avoidable risks.
The party observed that Nigeria was a strategic international hub and, as such, the Federal Government should adopt stringent pre-emptive measures by radically stepping up international ports and border screening as well as quickly improving internal surveillance and hygiene monitoring system.
“Our party holds that the Federal Government should also go beyond its proposed secondary screening of travellers from certain countries and extend the measure to all international flights coming into the country, given the prevalence of connecting flights and land border crossing by international air travellers.
“Also, the Federal Government should ensure that domestic airlines undertake proper screening of passengers as well as fumigation of their aircrafts to guarantee the safety of air travellers within Nigeria,” Ologbondiyan said.
The party urged the Federal Government to take immediate steps to create more screening centers and lead in providing more screening equipment in all our airports, seaports, land borders as well as crowded places such as schools, market places, commercial vehicle terminals, public workplaces, religious gatherings, among others.
The party also counselled the authorities to mobilize a more concerted effort against the pandemic, remain open, resist the temptation of false performance claims and keep Nigerians adequately informed on the true position of issues at all times.
The PDP called on Nigerians to remain vigilant, ensure their personal hygiene and follow directives issued by the authorities in the collective effort to safeguard the country from the scourge and stay safe.