The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Monday called for transparency and accountability from the Federal Government on the emergency funds released to combat Coronavirus in Nigeria.
The students’ body insisted that there was need for the government to be accountable on the both the funds released and donations from organisations and individuals for the fight against the deadly Coronavirus disease.
The National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Comrade Azeez Adeyemi made the disclosure which addressing journalists on Monday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He commended the Federal Government on mechanisms put in place so far to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
NANS, however, blamed the death of Suleiman Achimugu, the former MD of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) who is the first Nigerian to die of Coronavirus on his poor handling by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The Students’ body insisted that the NCDC was not proactive in preventing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the country.
Adeyemi insisted that the NCDC handled the case of the dead victim with levity despite reporting to the agency early.
NANS alleged that the NCDC did not release the result of the test conducted on the deceased until the family put a call to them yesterday (Sunday).
“We received the news of first death of COVID-19 this (Monday) morning and findings revealed that the NCDC handled the index with levity. The man (Achimugu) returned from UK two months ago, he was reported coughing, the family reported to NCDC, took the sample to conduct test but never get back to the family to inform them on the result, not until the family put a call to NCDC yesterday (Sunday) before they declared him positive to COVID-19. This shows that NCDC is not proactive”, Adeyemi said.
He called on NCDC to be more proactive in attending to cases of COVID-19, saying that the pandemic disease should be addressed aggressively.