Posted by News Express | 28 March 2020 | 654 times
A call has gone to men and women of goodwill, especially those from the oil producing areas of Imo State, to leave political and religious differences behind, and unite in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a press release in Owerri the state capital recently, the Head of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC), Dame Elsie Tagbo RBK Okafor, made the clarion call while fielding questions from selected newsmen on Commission’s preparedness in fighting the Coronavirus.
Her words: “In this war against Coronavirus, humanity, the world, Africa, Nigeria and Imo state must stand together against all odds and differences to defeat this common enemy.”
She therefore charged stakeholders, individuals and groups in Imo State, especially those from Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas to visit the traditional rulers of the respective communities with donations of items that would assist in protecting the villagers from contracting the virus.
Explaining that relentless awareness campaign is sine qua non for keeping safe and hinting how the Commission under her watch is going about this, the Media Manager of the Commission, Mr. Ekeh Promise, also quoted Dame Okafor saying: “In this battle, information is our most strategic weapon. That is why the state governor (Chief Hope Uzodinma) has sent us with this message of awareness and hope.
“To ensure its effectiveness, we are engaging the services of 44 professional town criers to ring this preventive measures every morning, afternoon and evening to ensure everyone is aware of how to stay safe and what to look out for. We are also using conventional and new media.”
Expressing profound happiness over the measures the Governor has put in place to keep the virus at bay in the entire state, and what the Commission has learnt therein, she said: “The number one priority of the Governor is the wellbeing and safety of every Imo citizen and that is why ISOPADEC as a Commission has set up help lines. Please, feel free to call us for help anytime you sense you need help.
“To our brothers and sisters, we want you all who are in the most affected places to know that the borders of the country could be shut down at this moment but the resolve and love in our hearts are without borders and in due time we shall be communicating the aid through the platforms. Finally please stay safe and continue to obey every government guidelines.”
Recall that Commission, under Dame Okafor as Head, had recently visited some traditional rulers in the oil producing areas of Imo State, seeking their collaboration in driving COVID-19 awareness campaign to the nooks and crannies of their respective communities. The Commission, in addition, has issued a weeklong stay-at- home directive to her staff, beginning Thursday, March 26.
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