FG, States seek better coordination of Covid-19 response


The Federal and State government have continued to explore more effective and productive ways for the coordination of a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic especially on the management of the lockdowns and restrictions imposed by both the Federal and some State governments in parts of the country.

To this effect, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday held a videoconference with 9 governors from the six geo-political zones and representing the Nigeria Governors Forum.

The coordination of the activities of the States with those of the Federal Government in managing the COVID-19 pandemic took centre stage at the meeting.

The meeting also discussed issues relating to the distribution of palliatives, providing medical support and training in the States and the issue of COVID-19 testing amongst other issues.

Governors of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi; Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal; Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu; Ebonyi, Dave Umahi; Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa; Edo, Godwin Obaseki; Katsina, Aminu Bello Masari; Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello; and Borno, Babagana Zulum, representing the six geo-political zones and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, participated in the meeting.

Other participants at the meeting include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who represented the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the Ministers of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed and Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire.

The governors had recommended, during their videoconference meeting, a two-week nationwide lockdown which the Federal Government will be exploring how to work with them on the inter-state border lockdown.

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