The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Federal Government to step up its actions, move beyond rudimentary interventions and adopt more stringent measures to further safeguard the nation from the Covid19 pandemic.
While it noted the steps so far taken, the PDP, however, said it was worried that the current approach still falls short of the required pre-emptive measures, thereby leaving gaps that expose the nation to avoidable risks.
The PDP observed that Nigeria remained a strategic international hub. “As such, the Federal Government should adopt stringent pre-emptive measures by radically stepping up our international ports and border screening as well as quickly improving our internal surveillance and hygiene monitoring system.”
The party further said in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan:
“Our party holds that the Federal Government should also go beyond its proposed secondary screening of travellers from certain countries and extend the measure to all international flights coming into the country, given the prevalence of connecting flights and land border crossing by international air travellers.
“Also, the Federal Government should ensure that domestic airlines undertake proper screening of passengers as well as fumigation of their aircrafts to guarantee the safety of air travellers within Nigeria.’
It also called on the Federal Government to take immediate steps to create more screening centers and lead in providing more screening equipment in all our airports, seaports, land borders as well as crowded places such as schools, market places, commercial vehicle terminals, public work places, religious gatherings, among others.
The party counselled the authorities to mobilize a more concerted effort against the pandemic, remain open, resist the temptation of false performance claims and keep Nigerians adequately informed on the true position of issues at all times.
The PDP equally called on Nigerians to remain vigilant, ensure their personal hygiene and follow directives issued by the authorities in the collective effort to safeguard our nation from the scourge and stay safe.