Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday charged President Muhammadu Buhari to disband the Presidential Task Force, PTF on Covid-19 on grounds of incompetence in the battle against the pandemic.
The call was contained in a statement signed and issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, concluding that the PTF has not demonstrated any capacity in handling the pandemic beyond mere announcement of infections cases, number of deaths and recovered cases.
The PTF which is chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, was inaugurated in March 2020, to coordinate and oversee the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the country.
The PDP while suggesting its total overhaul, advised that a team of experts be set up in its place to professionally tackle the pandemic.
“More distressing is that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has not demonstrated any capacity beyond mere announcement of figures of infected persons, deaths, recoveries, discharges and issues of local protocols rather than engaging in epidemiology, researches and production of equipment, drugs, therapeutics and other medical palliatives that can help stave off the impact of the global pandemic.
“The PDP is shocked that the Buhari administration did not make any budgetary provision in the 2021 Appropriation for the acquisition of essential therapeutics, including vaccines, even in the face of the heightened anxieties over the second wave of the pandemic in our nation.
“It is indeed the height of leadership failure that the Federal Government has not been able to take a decision on the type and quantity of vaccines expected as well as ancillary facilities and associated logistics.
“The PDP is however not surprised at such governance indolence and confusion as the current system under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch is plagued by endemic corruption, mediocrity, incompetence and laissez-faire attitude to issues that have to do with the wellbeing of Nigerians.
“Our party rejects the use of the pandemic as corruption drainpipe for All Progressives Congress leaders and their cronies in government circles,” part of the party’s statement read.
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