Group gives S/East governors 14 days ultimatum to set up COVID 19 test centre


A humanitarian group under the aegis of Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation has raised greater concern over the current increasing rate of coronavirus cases in the country and thereby issued an ultimatum to Southeast governors to as a matter of urgent public importance set up Covid-19 test centres in the zone to enable citizens check their status.

The group issued the ultimatum on Monday during a press briefing in Awka.

It noted that if the Governors remained adamant after the expiration of 14 days, they would be compelled to mobilise members of the human right community in the zone to protest the insensitivity and gross neglect of people’s health in line with social distancing policy.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation, Chief Dede Uzor A. Uzor, said the setting up of testing centres in each of the states in the zone has become necessary to determine the Covid-19 status of the citizens in other to avoid high death rate.

Uzor bemoaned the inactions and reluctant attitudes of the southeast governors towards procuring testing equipment that would enable them to set up testing centres at least one in each state.

The Rights group also condemned the governors for not providing the much needed palliatives for the people, which has made the lockdown more difficult for the citizens.

Uzor noted, “We had earlier called on the governors to use their two months security votes to provide palliatives for their citizens but they did not do anything.

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“We also call on the Senators and House of Representatives from the zone to use 50 percent of their allowances for two months to provide palliatives for their constituents but all to no avail.”

The group however sent strict warning to inspiring politicians over the well-being of the constituents who would determine their fate in the next election.

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