Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said his administration will not respond to the second wave of COVID-19 with panic.
He made this known in a New Year broadcast on Friday to the people of Kogi.
The governor noted that his government will continue to respond to developments with reason informed by knowledge.
According to Bello, the primary objective of his administration is keeping Kogi state Coronavirus-free, adding that it would be irresponsible of his government to see COVID-19 as a definer of 2020.
He said despite the nationwide lockdown imposed by the federal government, his administration ensured that students in higher institutions in the state made much progress.
He said: “As before, we remain determined as a government not to respond to the highly controversial second wave with mass hysteria.
“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 to 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.”