The Federal Government has said it would re-engage Yahaya Bello, the Kogi Governor, so he can allow officials of the NCDC (Nigeria Center for Disease Control) to test Kogi residents for Coronavirus.
Reports recall that Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello had stirred reactions in the state after he reportedly demanded officials of the NCDC mobilized to the state, first to be isolated and examined for the Virus before allowing them to carry out their duty.
Medical experts were sent to Kogi state on Thursday, May 7, to Support the state in combating any possible case of COVID-19.
Recalls that Cross River state and Kogi state so far has not recorded any coronavirus cases.
Subsequently, it was gathered that the NCDC officials shunned Governor Yahaya Bello’s request, and they return to Abuja.
Speaking during the daily briefings by the Presidential Tasks Force on Coronavirus on Friday at Abuja, Mr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister for Health said NCDC officials need to complete their work.
The minister said “We tried to send a team of the Ministry of Health and the NCDC into Kogi yesterday but there were some differences there to processes.
“This will mean that we need to re-engage the state governor again and work with him and his team to create the conditions to which the Ministry of Health and the NCDC can complete their job.
“The agreement we had with them after discussions with the Governors (Kogi and Cross River) is that we should send a delegation to the states just to validate the facts.
“Of course, we need that for our national records and to be able to report to the world what the situation is in our country because by now the whole world knows that we do not have any record from these two states.”