At the just concluded 16th teleconference meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), where the state leaders deliberated on pertinent issues in the country, in which the importance of increased coronavirus testing was hammered on as states reopens the economy.
The meeting, which was chaired by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, in a communique, urged the Governors to put necessary machineries in place to take ownership of the COVID-19 response, as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) team is set to relax by the end of September 2020.
The communiqué reads in part: “We, members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), at our meeting held today, deliberated on issues affecting the country especially the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, Chairman of the NGF Sub-Committee interfacing with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in his update highlighted the importance of continued and increased testing in all States as the economy opens.
“He called on States to take ownership of the COVID-19 response, especially with the expected winding of the PTF by the end of September 2020. Low testing rates at any time will make it difficult to track the correct status of the pandemic in the country thus making it difficult to make important decisions like opening of schools, NYSC camps, holding elections etc.”
Nigeria has recorded a total of 54,463 coronavirus cases, 42,439 recoveries and 1,027 deaths.