*says more funds required to procure needed medical equipment
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A former governorship aspirant and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan on Thursday advised all the 36 states Governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to open special accounts for donations to support the fight against spread of CoronaVirus
Speaking at a Parley on CoronaVirus with a select correspondents in Ibadan, Alhaji Olaosebikan declared that with this, ” big and small companies as well as public spirited individuals would be able to donate money in aid of the battle against the scourge of corona virus being individually and collectively fought by the states and federal governments.
The APC Chieftain stated , “with the special funds, the states would have more money to procure the much needed medical equipment and materials and as well intensify their sensitization efforts which at present were less than effective, particularly at the grassroots.
Alhaji Olaosebikan pointed out that “with the reality of the ravaging pandemic dawning on all, it is certain that people would contribute generously to such funds”, saying, “as we expect much from the government in protecting us at this perilous times, it is our responsibility too to shore up the government with our wealth so that we don’t both regret at the end of the day.”
” The reality now is that there is corona virus and it is killing across the world. If we think, it cannot affect us, what of our loved ones? It is our collective war and we must join the government in winning the war, putting in our contributions. We should donate generously to the funds in as much as I believe that the governments would live up to their responsibilities and use the funds judiciously”, he said.
The journalist turned politician added, “it would be more catastrophic and a lifetime regret if the Federal Government and indeed the states allow the disease to spread and wreck further havoc as a result of lack of fund.” , saying, the states should create the accounts as soon as possible and ensure transparency and accountability with adequate publicity in running them in order to gain the trust of donors and the general public.
The APC former governorship aspirant then commended the government of Lagos State for the display of exemplary leadership in its prompt and effective response to the pandemic stating that with his action, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has shown uncommon competence, capacity and care when they are most needed.
According to Alhaji Olaosebikan ” Governor Sanwo-Olu has put Lagos on the global map of responsible and secured states and that he would not be surprised if Lagos State experiences major boom of foreign and local investments and other profound patronages at the end of the bio war”.
The APC Chieftain also commended other states including Borno, Ogun, Oyo and Kogi that had taken comprehensive and well thought out measures towards combating the pandemic in their states