Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the Convener of the forum gave the commendation during a statement in Kaduna on Thursday. Abdullahi noted that the efforts were vital in limiting further escalation of infections within the entire North and the country.
According to him, the forum shares the nation’s concern over the daily rise in verified cases of infections from COVID-19 all over the country, including Kano state.
The forum condoles with families who have lost members to the current pandemic and prays for the full recovery of others who have tested positive to the virus.
“The forum commends the efforts of the federal government towards addressing the alarming situation in Kano and notes that these efforts are vital in limiting the further escalation of infections within the entire North and therefore the country.
“In particular, we commend the choice to deploy a robust medical team, among others to verify the causes of the many deaths that are being popularly attributed to the pandemic.
“As well as assist the government of Kano State to improve its facilities, investigations, and treatment of suspected infections and people who are infected.”
Abdullahi further commended the choice of the federal government to source for equipment and other facilities on behalf of the Kano state government and urged that this be done with speed and openness.
He, however, involved more to be done in providing medical facilities, personnel, Protective Personal Equipment (PPEs) to ensure total success in containing the virus and treatment of infected persons.
“Citizens with other ailments cannot get medical attention thanks to restricted availability of spaces, equipment, and more importantly personnel.
“Testing and preparation of isolation centers are far behind the rate of spread of the virus, and these need to be addressed with the resources of the government of Kano State, the federal government and public-spirited individuals and corporate individuals.
“We cannot overemphasize the necessity for the state of Kano State to require steps to regain confidence and support of the citizens of the State; to open its medical assets and provides medical personnel the protection and confidence,
“And other resources they have and support the population to remain reception and observe other regulations.”
He advised the Kano government to enhance its strategic communication strategies, ensure openness with regards to causes of recent deaths, and simpler means of convincing the general public over the realities of the risks we all face.
Abdullahi said that the forum regrets attempts by many state governments “to play politics with numbers for what appears to be expectations that more funds from the federal government and foreign donors are going to be allocated to them.”
He stressed that what the state requires now were good policies that protect all Nigerians; equipment and facilities for testing and treatment and resources to support people that will find it hard to remain reception without some palliatives during the lockdown.
He added that these requirements are often met with resources currently available, which should be deployed to the service but they have to be put at the service of the general public during a transparent and professional manner. Policies that waste progress in some parts of the country and others which trample on the rights of vulnerable groups must be discouraged,” he said.
He urged states to adopt policies that suit their peculiarities.
“But the state as a whole must agree on, and implement basic policies that protect the whole population.”
Abdullahi said the forum acknowledged the help, in funds and equipment, from the international community.and urged the govt to place them to prompt and effective use. The forum similarly appreciates the tremendous assistance of Nigerian and company bodies during this fight.
“We hope that each one government will utilize the vast assets in expertise, goodwill and integrity available within the private sector and professional groups and individuals within the country, and involve them altogether stages within the fight against this pandemic.”
“The forum appeals to all citizens to respect official directives in their own interest and exercise greater discipline in the manner they protect themselves and their families.”