COVID-19 Pandemic – Our Common Enemy| Teslim Folarin


My dear constituents and good people of Oyo state,

The spread of novel COVID-19 in Nigeria continues to rise as the latest statistics released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reveal Nigeria now has 10,162 confirmed cases. On the 31st of May 2020, Oyo State total confirmed cases hit 292.

The realities of Covid-19 are here with us, aside the threat to our existence as a people, it has also brought our socio-economic, religious and communal life to a standstill with its attendant adverse effects and toll on all our structures and systems.

The healthcare system seems to be the most vulnerable to this disease that presently has no known cure while efforts are ongoing globally to develop vaccines against its impact. We must therefore do all we can to prevent an uncontrollable outbreak of the disease in our constituency, State and Country while contributing our quota to end the disease globally.

I wish to commend the efforts of Nigerian Governments, its agencies and all stakeholders in the frontline of controlling its impact on our communities as well as everyone that has contributed resources in fighting this rampaging scourge, we however need to do more to ensure total victory.

I want to implore everyone across all divides to shun partisanship, religion, status and ethnicity in coming together to reduce the spread of the disease in our environment. Government cannot fight the scourge alone; we should allow our communal spirit, resilience and bravery to come to fore at this critical time in the fight against this novel enemy rampaging our land. Our forebears improvised in many ways in the earlier centuries when faced with existential challenges of this nature, now it’s our turn do the same.

Let us adhere strictly to all the instructions and preventive measures advocated by our leaders at this time and pay attention to personal hygiene in addressing this common enemy at this time. “Together we can end the pandemic”.

We are constantly in touch with the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and all agencies saddled with providing information and succor during this period and will ensure that the State get its fair share in stimulus as and when due. We have also been reaching out to the most vulnerable people (aged and less privileged) in our constituency within our constrained resources to lighten the burden of the pandemic on them.

Our support groups across the State are assisting in sensitizing the populace on personal hygiene, necessary information as well as distribution of sanitizers, gloves and face mask, food palliatived and amongst other relief materials. To them I say a big thank you.

We are abreast of government’s activities and will be supporting the various Isolation Centres across the State with relief material in due course.

We are traditionally compassionate and supportive people. Let’s end the scourge together.

Thank You.

Senator Teslim Kolawole Folarin (OFR)
Oyo Central Senatorial District.


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