Kogi fumes above COVID-19 travel warning, alleges NCDC scaring investors

Gbenga Odogun,Lokoja

The Kogi State Government has accused the Countrywide Centre for Ailment Manage of deliberately peddling falsehood to scare investors from the condition.

The point out Commissioner for Information and facts and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, mentioned this in reaction to the Federal Govt warning in opposition to viewing Kogi and four other states – Yobe Jigawa, Zamfara and Kebbi – as it had been not able to affirm the level of unfold of COVOD-19 in the states.

The commissioner on Tuesday explained the government believed that the intention of NCDC was to travel absent investors from the point out.

“Despite their unreliable figures, Kogi emerged as the desired expense location of Nigeria in the last quarter of 2020. They felt ashamed and the very best way to hit again is to produce a picture of wellness disaster in the condition.”

According to him, Kogi was the initially state to procure deal with masks in hundreds and distributed to all the councils, as very well as the to start with to set up a workforce to battle the spread of the virus.

“We set up isolation centres with point out-of-the-art equipment. We have performed sensitisation much more than any other point out. So if we do not consider that Covid-19 exists, we won’t be performing all we are carrying out to make sure it doesn’t ravage our condition.

“What we said and even now saying is that Covid-19 is not value all the marketing likely on just for a couple of to make billions that we do not have to undergo innocent Nigerians when a couple smile to the financial institutions,” The commissioner mentioned.

He claimed that the instances described in Kogi were being fraudulent as they had provided every cause to see them as folks not operating in the interest of public superior.

He noted that the NCDC knowledge was unreliable and inconsistent.