PTF on COVID-19 asks royal fathers for help

More than six months after the coronavirus pandemic arrived Nigeria, the Federal Government has now asked traditional rulers for their wise counsel and support in combating the pandemic.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu said the committee met today with traditional rulers led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar to discuss areas of cooperation in the sensitization of Nigerians, especially in the rural communities.

The Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha also recalled the role of traditional rulers in fighting the polio virus and disclosed that ” as part of the efforts to promote community engagement, the PTF met with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Polio and Primary Health Care, to discuss on how we can all control community spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The royal fathers pledged their commitment and continued support as custodians of the rich history and cultures of our peoples. We are working on replicating this dialogue around the country,” Mustapha disclosed.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu briefed the nation on preparations for elections, especially how to conduct elections and abide with the protocols of COVID-19.

He disclosed that the commission had outlined eight protective measures to protect personnel and voters during the elections. There is also a 10-point regulation for voters at election arenas.

All are contained in a national guide on elections during the pandemic for governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states and bye- elections for 15 constituencies in 11 states, he explained.