Why I went on self isolation – AbdulRazaq

The governor of Kwara state, Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq said that he went on self-isolation shortly after returning from the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja.

Speaking Monday in Ilorin, the state capital, after launching the federal government’s conditional cash transfer to 25,000 households in the state, with beneficiary getting at least N20,000 each.

The governor said he decided self-isolate in full compliance with the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on COVID-19.

“Until now, I have remained in self-isolation shortly after returning from the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja on March 19. This is in keeping with the COVID-19 Protocol that requires anyone with probable exposure to the virus, especially after travel to frontline areas, to either self-isolate for 14 days incubation period or gets tested to know their status. AlihamduliLlah, I am fine as I have always been.”

On the relief materials, he said: “Today, I flag off the disbursement of conditional cash transfer initiative of the Federal Government to 25,000 households in Kwara. Each benefiting household is to get N20,000 cumulatively for the months of January, February, March and April.

“This is to assist the poor in this time of global pandemic when our people are asked to stay at home to halt the spread of the virus. I commend the federal government for increasing the number of CCT beneficiaries in Kwara from 10,000 to 25,000.

“I especially thank Mr President for this gesture as well as the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for their efforts in coordinating theses actions at this crucial time.

“This complements the measures taken by our administration in order to alleviate the consequences caused by the pandemic and the restriction of movement resulting from it. At the moment, relief materials consisting mainly of food items are being distributed at the ward level by independent committees comprising traditional rulers, religious leaders and community-based organisations.

“I welcome civil society and media groups to monitor this process to ensure transparency and accountability. My administration will be available to receive feedback and reports through appropriate channels.

 “All of these measures clearly underscore government’s good faith and commitment to the welfare of the people. But much more crucial is a need for all of us to be responsible and not endanger ourselves and others. Let us stay at home and maintain social distancing until it is safe to resume normal life.”

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