Barely two day after its inauguration, the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission (PCACC’s) COVID-19 Task Force has said that its complaint/suggestion unit received a total of 23 submissions across nine local government areas in the state.
The submissions, according to the coordinator of the Task Force, Bashir Kabir in his daily executive summary on Wednesday, covered areas of palliative distribution, corrupt practices, misconduct and circulation of fake news
The taskforce, after validating the complaints it received, therefore recommended that “a monitoring body from the taskforce should be dispatched to confirm the allegations that NCDC is not picking calls intended at informing the body of probable corona cases,” Kabir said.
He said the taskforce also recommended that “Kano State Government’s attention should be called to enforce the lockdown rule because obviously people are not observing them, which can lead to serious consequences.”
Obviously worried by the number of complaints received regarding there are shortage of health personnel to attend to other ailments afflicting people aside COVID-19, the taskforce recommended that “Communication should be passed through to the commissioner of health that doctors and health workers are not available to treat other illnesses at various hospitals across the state.”
He said the task force has continued to collate issues related to its mandate and will keep updating the populace and the authorities of new developments.
Judicial Sketch reported that the taskforce was instituted on Monday with the following mandates:
“Monitoring of intervention measures taken by the government to reduce the impact of the pandemic, which includes and not limited to, palliatives, lock-downs, and various disease control interventions.
“Relief effort by philanthropist and individuals meant to ease hardship of the less privileged during the lockdown and the approaching Ramadan period.
“Monitoring and advising the state government on the law enforcement activities in the state to avoid the occurrences of human rights and gender-based violence.
“To receive complaints/suggestions from the public and take informed actions in order to alleviate sufferings during the pandemic period
“To help in enlightenment and educating the public on the quarantine rules and regulations, viz-a-viz citizens’ right.
“To collaborate with other institutions in the state in solving problems that might arise during this period.”