Dino Melaye, a former Kogi West Senator, has called on the state government to receive the COVID-19 vaccines being distributed to states by the Federal Government.
Melaye said since the Kogi State government collected palliatives and money from the Federal Government, it should also do the same with the COVID-19 vaccines.
The National Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, had left out Kogi State from the distribution of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
NPHCDA had explained that the State was left out of the arrangement due to lack of a cold-chain store in the State for the vaccines.
Reacting, Melaye wondered why the State government decided to push aside the COVID-19 vaccines.
In a tweet, the former lawmaker wrote: “Kogi Government collected COVID-19 money and palliative from the Federal Government and still has the guts to say no COVID-19 in Kogi State. Since you collected money and palliative, una must collect vaccines too. Oyinara.”
Despite the severity of COVID-19, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has continued to downplay the severity of the virus.
Bello had vowed not to subject residents of the state to vaccination.