The Peoples Democratic Party has called for prayers for speedy recovery of Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi; the wife of Benue governor, Eunice Ortom and other Nigerians, who have tested positive to COVID-19.
This was disclosed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.
Equally important, the call was contained in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja.
Specifically, the PDP described the rise in the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country as disturbing.
However, Ologbondiyan restated the party’s call on Nigerians not to succumb to fear; but redouble their vigilance and adherence to preventive measures of personal hygiene, social and physical distancing; as well as early reporting of symptoms.
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He urged Nigerians not to let down their guard, but remain conscious of the reality of the virus; especially with the easing of social restrictions in the country.
“The party urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts in awareness campaign; as well as providing economic stimulus to minimise social exposure and vulnerability of Nigerians in various sectors of endeavours.”
Ologbondiyan restated PDP’s call for the commitment of all citizens in reciprocating the sacrifices of the health workers and others in the front lines to defeat the pandemic in the country.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) says the death toll in the Friday’s evening boat mishap near Ikorodu has risen to six, while one victim is still missing.
The General Manager of LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos while providing an update on the incident on Saturday.
According to him, the total number of rescued victims of the ill-fated 20-passenger ferry now stands at 14 as against 16 earlier quoted.