COVID-19: Zulum Appoints Deputy Governor Chair Of Response Team


… Task Team to Tighten IDP Camps

… Schools To Close in one week

MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has inaugurated a high-powered Response Team for prevention and control of coronavirus to be headed by the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, with the state Commissioner for Health as secretary. The team has started working and is to reconvened on Saturday.

The inauguration took place at Musa Usman Secretariat in Maiduguri on Friday after Governor Zulum received the technical Response Plan adopted by a multi-stakeholder group made up of UN Agencies, federal establishments and affected ministries who on Thursday met with the Chief of Staff, Dr Babagana Wakil, during which they came up with the plan after critical review of the state.

The Response Team which is to fully implement the Plan, has the Chief of Staff as Vice Chairman with members including senior officials of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, UN-OCHA, IOM, ICRC, international Non-Governmental Organizations (iNGOs) involved in humanitarian interventions.

Others are; Heads of Maiduguri International Airport, Nigerian Immigration Service, Borno State Emergency Management Agency and Commissioners for Education, Higher Education, Information, Transport, Finance, Religious Affairs, Local Government and Emirate Sffairs.

The team also has two Special Advisers on Sustainable Development, Partnerships and Humanitarian Affairs and that of Public Relations and Strategy.

The Borno helmsman thanked members of the team for the work they have already started, but tasked them to ensure that very firm measures were deployed to tighten access to IDP camps where one case can trigger wild fire effect with adverse consequences.

He also tasked the Commissioner for Education and Chairman of the state Universal Education to change the academic calendar by bringing exams backward so that schools can close within one week instead of the schedule to close in two weeks time based on the academic calendar.

“If we are to close schools, what do we do with IDP camps which is far less organized than schools? I am aware that our schools have two weeks to close but we should change the calendar and close in one week.

“But even at that, we must take serious measures in all schools and more importantly in our IDP camps and in land border communities where people can come into Nigeria through some of our LGAs,” he said.


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