Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has explained why he suggested the setting up of a volunteer team drawn from labour unions and the civil society to complement the efforts of the security agencies in stopping the influx of people into the state.
According to the governor, who noted he made the suggestion during a virtual meeting with leaders of the CSOs on Monday.
He said “It has been established that some people sneak into the state between 10pm and 5am.
“This poses a grave danger to us when you consider the fact that virtually all our COVID-19 cases were imported.
“We will like to have volunteers from the organised labour and the civil society, who, working with the security agencies, will man our borders between those hours,” he stated.
The meeting was a follow-up to the first engagement that the governor had with some civil society leaders in April, during which he commended them for their “credible roles” in the distribution of the government’s palliatives after he invited them to join the initiative.
He said the invitation was premised on the need to ensure that the palliatives acquired with public funds got to every Kwara resident irrespective of their affiliations, a step he noted might have offended some political interests.
AbdulRazaq said he called the meeting to formally receive a position paper from the CSO on how to further develop the state as well as brief them on the status of Kwara in fighting the deadly virus adding, “We all need to do more to contain the spread of the virus and prevent community transmission.”
He added that the government would offer incentives and security cover to the volunteers, who would form a border surveillance team manning the various entry posts into the state, especially Eiyenkorin, Oko Olowo and Jebba, where influx of people had been reported in the past few days.
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