Bayelsa State government has charged the people of the state to take the COVID-19 protocols seriously, saying the second wave of the ravaging pandemic is real.
Speaking at the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Yenagoa, the state deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, restated that the health of Bayelsans remains a priority to the present administration.
According to him, the government’s vision of prosperity cannot be achieved if the people are not healthy to carry out legitimate activities as only the living can be prosperous.
The deputy governor expressed concern that the rising cases of COVID-19 in parts of the country underscore the need for the people to observe preventive health guidelines to avoid contracting the deadly virus.
To this end, he urged the ministries of Health and Information to intensify their efforts at enlightening the people on the reality of the resurgence of the infectious disease, which is forcing countries to go into lockdown for a second time.
While calling on Bayelsans to cooperate with the government in the fight against COVID-19, he maintained that the state cannot afford to let its guards down to be hit hard by the second wave of the virus.
He also used the occasion to task security agencies on the need to ensure a crime-free yuletide, saying the period should be used to reflect on the significance of the birth of Jesus Christ rather than cause havoc in society.
He, therefore, cautioned youths against crime and criminality during the festive period and beyond, warning that the government would not fold its arms and watch criminal elements make the state unsafe.
“It is only the living that can be prosperous. It will be in vain to talk about prosperity without talking about our health. As you are all aware, there has been an increasing spike in COVID-19 cases in the country again.
“So, we must abide by the COVID-19 protocols. It will be foolhardy for us to think that the disease is gone or it does not exist. The reality is dawning on the European nations and the United States where preventive measures were relaxed. Some of them are now going back to lockdown.
“So, I want to use this opportunity to remind the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Information not to rest on their oars as regards the reality of the second wave of Covid 19. They must continue to enlighten our people on the need to observe COVID-19 protocols.
“I also want to call on our security agencies, who are already doing a good job, to up their game. Let me also remind Bayelsans that the yuletide is not a period for heightened crime and criminality. So, Bayelsans especially our youths should shun criminality,” he said.
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