COVID-19: Governors adopt relevant data to distribute palliatives. By Saheed Badmus

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The Thirty-six States governors under the eagis of Nigeria Governors Forum has resolved to adopt the new data to strengthen the distribution of palliatives put in place and support from various organisations and persons.

The chairman of the Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State stated this in a communique issued at the end of the 4th COVID-19 teleconference meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum held on Thursday, April 9th,20 to deliberate on the Corona Virus pandemic in the country.

Governor Fayemi said “following an update from Olubayo Adekanmi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria on ongoing work with the NGF Secretariat to estimate the vulnerability profile of all States based on their populations, age risk, international travel profile, population density and state contiguity, epidemiological metrics and spending patterns,Governors resolved to adopt the new data to strengthen the distribution of palliatives put in place and support from various organisations and persons”.

The Forum also received update from the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on the response of his ministry to the COVID-19 pandemic, including support to State Governments to help them identify vulnerable persons through a data mining study coordinated by the Nigerian Communications Commission with the support of telecommunications providers in the country.

The governors commended the Minister for taking a functional role in the COVID-19 response and assured him of their resolve to use all relevant data available to target palliatives to the most vulnerable persons in the most effective and efficient manner.

“The Governors are taking necessary measures to strengthen operations in their Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) to improve the communication response between distressed citizens and Emergency Response Agencies (ERAs) including the State Emergency Agency, ambulances, police, Fire Service and the Federal Road safety Corps. Operations will be resident in the ECCs to process distress calls and contact relevant ERAs”, NGF chairman added.

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