By Ado Hassn, Sokoto
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Thursday tasked leaders in the country to brace up to the global challenge in tackling the problem.
The call is coming against the backdrop of the spreading coronavirus pandemic fast claiming lives across the globe.
The governor who called on leaders to close ranks towards taming the deadly virus also appealed to the federal government to do more by closing airports across the country.
Tambuwal according to a release bybhia Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello apoke in Asaba, Delta State where he to commissioned some projects accomplished by his colleague, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa.
“When you are in an emergency you don’t criticise. It is our collective responsibility to look after the welfare of our citizens. It is up to us leaders to rise up to the challenge.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the federal government to do more especially in making people more aware of the disease and take drastic measures such as closure of airports,” he stated.
He narrated the decision of the Northern Governors Forum to close public schools in their states while applauding his Delta State counterpart for his foresight in constructing an isolation and treatment center located within the Federal Medical Center, Asaba.
He said: “Delta is getting ready for Covid and other related diseases. The isolation center is almost complete but the outbreak of Covid has necessitated that some adjustments should be made before it becomes fully operational.
On other projects executed by Gov. Okowa, Tambuwal said: “I have gone round since morning and seen much of what he has done.
He noted that the governor’s achievements are in top gear taking into consideration the economic downturn experienced in the country over the years.
“I am aware of the infrastructure development under Okowa. I must commend him for the wonderful transformations despite paucity of fund and economic depression,” Tambuwal emphasized.