Senate President Ahmed Lawan (Middle, in Blue Babaringa), During Visit to Uncompleted Coronavirus Isolation Centre, in Abuja

Coronavirus Isolation Centre not in good shape, says Senate President

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Amid Nigeria’s continuous efforts at curbing the spread of dreaded Coronavirus of which the country recorded its first case with an Italian last week, and apparent concerns about further spread among Nigerians, Senate President Ahmed Lawan has lamented that the temporary Coronavirus Isolation Centre, in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, is not in good shape.

Lawan disclosed this while addressing journalists after an inspection of the facility at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Wednesday.

The Senate President further decried the fact that N620 million, which had been budgeted to set up the Isolation Centre was yet to be released to do the work.

“We are going to get across to the Minister for Finance, and all the other authorities who have anything to do with this, to release this money between today and tomorrow (Thursday, March 5) latest,” he said.

Nobody should be found wanting whether or not there are any cases of the coronavirus, he stated.

He, therefore, described the unfortunate situation as unacceptable.

The centre has to be fixed within the fastest time possible, he said.

“There is no way that Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa with a population of 200 million, yet in the Federal Capital and the surrounding states – six of the North-Central, you don’t have one room that you can call an isolation centre where anyone who unfortunately falls into this crisis would be taken to.

“This is not acceptable,” Lawan lamented.

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