By Idowu Abdullahi,
The Ooni of Ife, Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has urged the Federal Government to put up policies mandating basic fumigations of communities, organizations, and environments across the country as part of measures to gain early control against the deadly coronavirus in Nigeria.
He said the continued rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country had necessitated the call, adding that if such stringent measures were not taken, the gradual easing of lockdown might worsen the situation as against the intended motives of the governments.
Ogunwusi, who spoke when he donated two motorized modular fumigators to the Pest Control Association of Nigeria, PECAN, in Ikeja on Friday, explained that disinfection and fumigation of the environments must be mandated like the wearing of face masks in the country.
The Monarch, while urging the banks and the organized private sector to support the government by ensuring they fumigate their premises to prevent the spread of the deadly respiratory disease, decried the attitude of some Nigerians who still believe the virus is a cover-up attempt by the government to loot the treasury.
“I think there is a need to introduce other measures to fight and control the pandemic from causing grave damage to humanity. We are all fighting what we cannot see with our naked eyes. It is much more difficult to fight a pandemic that we cannot see. A lot of people, even in Nigeria, still don’t believe that the virus is real. Maybe because they cannot see what we are fighting.
“It is indeed a war, absolute war against humanity. It is about time we started taking it seriously. Disinfection is a key aspect of preventing and controlling COVID-19 in Nigeria and it is as important as wearing of nose masks, washing of hands, and other health precautions stipulated by the government.
“Let the government put the law in place; as they are mandating us to wear face masks, they should mandate basic disinfection of the environment to prevent the spread of the pandemic.”