By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has reiterated that in spite of the security challenges confronting the state, especially in the Toto Local Government Area, Nasarawa still remains among the most peaceful in the country.
Engineer Sule stated this in an opening remark during the monthly state executive council meeting, which was held at the Government House in Lafia, as he raised fears over the continued rise in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The Governor assured the people of the state that in spite of the security challenges confronting in a particular location, Nasarawa continues to experience peace.
Engineer Sule however expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies, for their collective efforts to ensure that the activities of bandits, who now operate like the dreaded Boko Haram, is nibed in the bud.
The Governor particularly thanked the President for taking prompt action, when he deployed security agents to confront the bandits operating somewhere around Tunga and Bakono axis, with security agents presently undergoing military operations to dislodge the bandits.
It would be recalled that only a few days ago, Engineer Sule visited the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, where he met with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Engineer Sule also drew the attention of the people of the state on the devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic, with the state witnessing an escalation in the number of cases.
According to the Governor, the rise in the number of confirmed cases in the state is attributable to the increase in the number of tests being conducted across the state on a daily basis.
Giving an update on the COVID-19 status of the state, the Governor disclosed that so far, Nasrawa has recorded 1, 496 positive cases, out of 15, 023 tests conducted, with 1000 outstanding results still being awaited.
He gave a further breakdown as follows, 743 persons discharged, with 56 others presently undergoing treatment in Lafia and Keffi. 27 deaths were however recorded, the three local government areas of Lafia, Keffi and Karu still retaining the highest number of positive cases, put at 80 per cent.
The Governor therefore called on the people of the state to continue to maintain the COVID-19 protocols, in order to reduce the challenges confronting the state.