Benue inaugurates COVID-19 enforcement task force


Following the rising cases of coronavirus, the Benue state government has raised an enforcement task force aimed at compelling residents to observe all Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) approved protocols in the state.

Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Action Committee on COVID-19, Benson Abounu, who disclosed this while speaking in Makurdi, decried the level with which the directives are being flouted by residents.

According to him, the task force will ensure that gatherings of more than 30 persons is prohibited with commercial tricycle operators carrying only three passengers and commercial motorcycle riders conveying only one passenger with both wearing face masks.

He explained that religious leaders and traditional rulers have the duty of ensuring that washing of hands are done before worshipers are ushered into centres while social distancing are observed at traditional meetings.

Abounu, who commended the efforts of the action committee in educating members of the public on the reality and dangers of COVID-19, emphasized that the task force in conjunction with security agents won’t let anything to chance until total compliance is achieved.

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Meanwhile, the United Purpose (UP) in collaboration with Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF) has equipped over 50 persons living with disability with COVID-19 preventive materials.

Programme Manager of the foundation, Mr. Tine Agernor, who spoke at the ceremony said the distribution of hand sanitizers, face masks and soaps among others is to ensure that no one was left behind in the fight against the deadly disease.

He thanked United Purpose for collaborating with the ESLF to address the poor condition of people living with disability, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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