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You collected COVID-19 palliatives, you must accept vaccine, Melaye tells Gov Bello


Dino Melaye, Yahaya Bello

A former lawmaker, Dino Melaye, has called out the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccines after receiving palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown on residents of the state.

Bello, who has continued to downplay the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, has vowed not to subject its citizens to vaccination.

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The National Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) released the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) but left out Kogi from the arrangement.

The agency, however, blamed the development on the lack of a cold-chain store in the state.

Melaye, who reacted to the omission of Kogi State from the vaccine distribution on his Twitter handle, wondered why the state government collected palliative and money from FG but claimed that there was no COVID-19 in the state.

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He wrote:

“Since you collected money and palliative…una must collect vaccine tooo. Oyinara.”