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COVID-19: Lawmaker raises concerns over Gov Lalong’s lockdown order in Plateau


Mr Gwottson Fom, a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly has picked holes in Governor Simon Lalong’s lockdown of the state over COVID-19.

The lawmaker, who represents Jos South constituency in the state assembly, in an open letter to the governor, accused him of not following proper procedure in issuing the lockdown order.

He questioned why Governor Lalong would order a lockdown without seeking budgetary approval from the state House of Assembly, among other procedures.

Lalong had on Monday announced a lockdown of the state begining from Thursday, April 9.

But the lawmaker said in his letter, “Plateau people will like to know what areas will be subject to the fumigation. It is necessary to know which parts will be affected directly so as to better prepare citizens who are going to be affected.

“What is going to be the medium of fumigation and what chemicals will be used in the exercise?

“Will the rains that have started becoming constant, not adversely affect the fumigation?

“How much has been approved for the exercise and who or which body made the approval?

“Was the Plateau State House of Assembly involved in the approval of a supplementary budget approval or did the money come from another source that the Plateau people should be informed about?

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“What other measures and plans does the Plateau State Government have to ensure that if there is a real danger of disease and hunger in Plateau State that we are prepared to deal with the situation in a very transparent and forthright manner.”

Plateau is among Nigerian states that are yet to record any case of coronavirus infection.

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