Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has described the second wave of COVID-19 as “controversial”, noting that the state will not respond with “mass hysteria.”
He said this in a new year broadcast on Friday.
He said, “While reiterating that our primary objective is keeping Kogi state coronavirus-free as it is as of today, we will continue to respond to developments with reason informed by knowledge.
“Of course, it would be irresponsible as a government to allow COVID-19 be the sole definer of our 2020. In fact, in many aspects, it proved to be an opportunity for us in many sectors.
“In the education sector, despite the challenge of the federal government mandated shutdown of academic institutions, we worked hard to make sure that students of our tertiary institutions make as much progress as they can within the windows available. We are looking forward to graduating a set of students early this year.
“This is why we are currently studying new restrictions from Abuja over the purported Second Wave and considering all our options.
“This also relates to the formal opening of the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) which we founded last month to beef our capacity to produce and scale both manpower and investments in STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines, especially Infotech and Artificial Intelligence.