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Covid-19: Support rural communities with infrastructure- FG urges

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 has called on corporate bodies and public-spirited individuals to take up the challenge of providing critical support infrastructure in the rural communities as Nigeria has entered community transmission phase of the pandemic.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Boss Mustapha disclosed this at the commissioning of the ThisDay Dome and Isolation center along with the 54gene laboratory in Abuja on Tuesday. He said PTF continues to assess and review all relevant policies and protocols so that actions and decisions are implemented in the most effective ways and the nation can properly wage the war against the COVID-19, so in other to take the development of infrastructure to the grassroots, emphasis is now being placed on community ownership, guidance, acceptance and implementation.

He added that PTF also wishes to underscore its total commitment to research into a cure for the COVID-19 disease. “We are actively encouraging all our institutes and researchers to step forward for a validation of their inventions, discoveries, etc that can help humanity bring this pandemic to a quick end. Again, we urge our corporate bodies to show sufficient interest in the areas of research and medicine.

He extended the sincere appreciation of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to every group of persons and corporate entities that have contributed to making this center a reality especially Mr Tope Shonubi, Managing Director, Sahara Energy Group and Nduka Obaigbena of the ThisDay Media and Technology Group. He commended the Honourable Ministers of Federal Capital Territory and Federal Ministry of Health for paying personal attention and for facilitating the delivery of this magnificent facility.

“I consider it important to re-iterate our appeal to all Nigerians to please continuously comply with the guidelines especially in observing physical distancing, regular washing of hands, wearing of face masks/coverings, obey the curfew, avoid large gatherings and stay at home”.

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