‘Nasarawa lost 15 persons to COVID-19 in nine months’

• Permsec, corps member test positive
• Ishaku seeks strict compliance to protocols

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nasarawa State, 15 persons have died of the pandemic, says the acting governor and Chairman of the Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.

While briefing newsmen in Government House, Lafia, yesterday, Akabe disclosed that a permanent secretary and a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in the state tested positive for the virus last week.

Former Provost, College of Education (COE), Akwanga, had died of the virus two days ago.

As part of measures to reduce the spread of the disease during the festive season, the Commissioner for Justice, Abdulkareem Kana, added that all worship centres across the state would be restricted to only 50 members during each service.

Also, the Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Longe, said the police would ensure compliance with the government’s order.

He warned that any worship centre that refused to comply would have its leader arrested.

GOVERNOR Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has reiterated the need for Nigerians to adhere strictly to the protocols to curb COVID-19.

While felicitating with Christians on the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s nativity, Ishaku reminded Christians and Nigerians not to forget to pray against the pandemic, which, according to him, is very much around.

The governor urged strict compliance with the prevention protocols, which he said his administration faithfully promoted, adding: “It is only through sustained collective action that we can win the war against the pandemic.”

Perturbed by the recent statistics of cases, which he said “indicated that the country is into a new wave of the infection”, he called for prayers and other necessary actions against the pandemic.

Urging Christians not to forget the circumstances and lessons of Jesus’ birth, which he said pointed to God’s love for mankind, he charged them to demonstrate the spirit of Christmas among themselves and in their relationship with people of other faiths.

He noted: “Christmas is a key part and reminder of God’s grand salvation plan for mankind. The coming of Jesus Christ into the world through a unique but humble birth remains the greatest symbol of identity, hope and unity among Christians all over the world.”

On the necessity of the Christmas celebration, he said: “It is the anniversary of that great act of God’s love for humanity; so it deserves to be celebrated.”


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