By AB Raham.
Shortly after the political family of the embattled Edo governor, Obaseki Shaibu Movement (O.S.M) came under heavy media fire, for trying to score cheap political points, by distributing acclaimed relief material under the full regalia of campaign outfit, the Edo state government, under the leadership of an embattled Godwin Obaseki, may not be just out of the hook.
Emerging reports on a developing story, has included the voice out of displeasure by some social media users in the state, who have lamented the inadequacy of the Edo state government in placing effective measures to combat the dreaded COVID-19, as they have revealed that the unpreparedness of the Edo state government, cuts deep, even to the inefficiency of help lines released by the state government for the public to contact, when a case is suspected.
An embattled Godwin Obaseki, by virtue of his office as governor, is defacto leader of the COVID-19 task force in the state, just like it is with other counterparts of his in other states, who have been all over the place up and doing, in playing their pact to prevent the spread and nip the virus from creating more victims in their states.
But for an embattled governor, who has since confined himself to isolation, even when he is alleged to have tested COVID-19 NEG., under the guise of awaiting test P.C.R results, at a time he ought to be at the fore front in leading the fight against Corona virus in the state, it is no doubt not coming as a surprise, when the state under his watch, doesnt seem to be getting things rightly, as regards the curtailing of the global pandemic.
Edo has so far, recorded four cases, with the index being that of a factional speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Mr. Frank Okiye, who is now rumoured from unconfirmed sources to have now turned out negative due to the course of treatment. With the geometric nature of the pandemic which has left confirmed cases in Nigeria at the moment at 174, it comes as a source of concern, as to what necessary measures the state government, have in stall for their people, when basics modalities to checkmate COVID-19, such as help lines, have become non-functional.
Irrespective of how bad things may be dangling in view for the Edo people, some concerned Edo individuals, and aspirants for Edo 2020, under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (A.P.C), have commenced several palliative gestures to the people of Edo, and they include Dr. Pius Odubu, the immediate past deputy governor of the state and front line aspirant of the Edo 2020, guber polls, who have risen to the occasion to play his part, through the distribution of certain relief materials at designated places, a move also being emulated by others.
Given the not much will power from the Edo state government to fight COVID-19 which is wielding its strike in Edo state with 4 confirmed cases, and other reported unconfirmed underlying cases, Edo people can just continue to hope and pray to be free from the scourge, and also play their part, to prevent the spread of the virus, through useful tips already made available by the Federal and State government, N.C.D.C, and other interventory bodies, including jingles sponsored by his excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu, on radio and detailed graphics across social media platforms.
Together we can curb the spread of COVID-19.