Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state on Wednesday said his administration was worried over the refusal of many citizens in the state to observe the COVID-19 protocols.
The Governor made the statement at a meeting with stakeholders on the second wave of COVID 19 and security issues which held at RayField Government House in Jos on Wednesday.
The Punch reports that out of more than 100 thousand COVID -19 infections recorded in Nigeria so far, Plateau state has the third-highest number of cumulative cases with close to 6,000 cases
The Governor said, “Mostly we hear of the big names but do not get to hear of the others involving people that are less prominent. This should give us serious concern because it means that the situation is bigger than what we seem to know.
“The most worrisome point here is that despite this situation, most citizens appear to be careless and reluctant to observe the COVID-19 protocols. In fact, many have abandoned and refused to observe simple protocols of wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, and washing hands regularly.
“This worries me a lot because this recklessness is further exposing more people to the virus and then increasing the casualty figures. While we have no intention of imposing another lockdown to avoid further damage to the economy, some members of the public are not helping us.”
The Governor who threatened to arrest anyone found to be denying the existence of the pandemic added that he had directed his Commissioners and other senior government officials to go and engage the people henceforth.
He also cautioned the people against spreading unsubstantiated rumours about the pandemic.
He added, “On the issue of vaccine, I have already heard some people peddling conspiracy theories. I want to say that I will be the first to take the vaccine whenever it is available in Plateau State.”
Lalong maintained that his administration would continue to do everything possible to safeguard the lives of the citizens against the disease as well as provide security for the citizenry.