Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said the state lost Very Important Personalities (VIPs) to Coronavirus.
He said this after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, adding that it will be difficult to talk about another lockdown in the state.
Lalong also revealed that he survived COVID-19 which was a trying period for him.
“I just recovered from COVID-19; for those who say that it doesn’t exist, I do not wish my enemies to go through what I went through for ten days,” Lalong said.
“All the symptoms were there; everything that I went through; I thank God that I was able to come out of it, and I’m now very healthy.
“Also, as a member of the PTF representing the governors, we’ve drummed it that this second wave is more dangerous than what we saw before.
“In my state, we lost almost five people; they’re Very Important Personalities (VIPs); they’re VIPs; so, in terms of approach, we need to be very vigilant; we’ve said it several times.
“Although, it’s difficult to talk about locking down states now, but the way people are going; when you start talking about losing five people within two weeks.
“Yesterday, I saw it; my state recorded 160 cases, definitely, there must be an approach towards enforcement; so this is what we are doing as governors, and we are taking it seriously.”
Lalong promised to hold a stakeholders meeting to ensure enforcement of protocols.
He said he had warned people in the churches and other places that they must observe the protocols or face another lockdown.
“Every church I go to now; everywhere I go, I tell them; if you don’t follow enforcement, then you may go back to the last option of general lockdown but let us approach it because it is really very deadly now.
“Somebody gets it; one, two, three days, he is gone; but before, somebody gets it, you rush him to the centre; you go through processes, and you come out of it.
“But how many people will come out; how many people are privileged to even come out it like we do and that is the concern we have.
“The Federal Government is doing a lot honestly through the committee headed by the vice president, but it is just that people don’t want to follow the protocol.
“Just observe the normal non-pharmaceutical protocol, and definitely we will get over it,” he said.