From Vincent Nyinongu, Makurdi The Governors Forum has appealed to the Federal Government to assist the various states with sum money to cope with the burden of increase in responsibilities brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
Benue State deputy governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, made this known while inaugurating local government action committees on covid-19 at the government house, Makurdi on Tuesday. Abounu said because of Covid-19, the governors decided to meet/interact through the internet. He said the state government would be in a better position to give palliatives to the citizens when the Federal Government extended financial gesture to the state. Abounu who was responding to the issue of the need for palliatives presented by the Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Orchiviligh Prof. James Ayatse, said covid-19 has made the prices of oil to collapse thereby making payment of salaries difficult for many states.
While disclosing that sanitizers would be massively distributed to the various local government areas, the deputy governor said each Covid19 local government action committee would be headed by the council chairman while Second Class Chiefs would be members. He said the directors, general services and administration(DGSAs), in each local government would be secretary of the committee. Abounu asked the relations of the lady who participated in the treatment of Covid-19 patient, Susan Okpe at the Cottage Hospital, Makurdi to willingly submit herself for tests. He lamented that the lady who hails from Ushongo local government where information gathered showed she has moved from Ushongo to an unknown place. Meanwhile, Benue State Government has said it would not be closing her boundaries. Abounu said the state weighed the option but has seen that it was not yet adequately prepared for it. He, therefore, said the state has decided to equip the local government committees with infrared thermometers to carry out temperature checks on those coming into the State.