We cannot allow covid-19 to Kıdnap government — Governor Bello

He said no one knows when covid-19 would end.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

/ by National Pivot

It is now over two months since the Buhari administration declared a nationwide lockdown in order to halt the spread of covid-19 across the country. And like other countries under lockdown, economic activities was brought to a halt.

This however, according to governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State, must not be allowed to continue since it is unlikely the deadly disease can be defeated anytime soon.

The lockdown which was declared in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, has halted the execution of projects by the Niger State government. Now however, the governor wants contractors back to site.

Governor Abubakar Bello gave the directive while inspecting road projects under construction in Minna, insisting life could not be put on hold because of coroanvirus.

Bello said normal life had to continue, since it was not definite when the pandemic would be over.

But he called on contractors to observe all precautionary measures in place to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.

According to Daily Trust, the governor said any contractor found to be defaulting in executing their work in line with specification would have their contract terms terminated.

The governor reiterated his administration’s readiness to prioritize ongoing projects and ensure high quality delivery.

This is coming on the heels of shortfall in revenue generation as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19 as he embarks on assessment tour of ongoing projects in the State.

While at the re-awarded 10km Tagwai Dam road project site in Tungan Goro, Chanchaga, Bello said his administration is taking inventory of all on-going projects, so as to complete the ones that have attained appreciable level of completion, maintaining that no project would be left uncompleted as that will mean going backward.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 cases in the country continues to rise with 226 new cases reported on Tuesday.

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