James Azania, Lokoja
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has charged traditional rulers in Kogi State on the sensitization and enlightenment of the people against the spread of the COVID-19 pandermic.
The Kogi State NOA Director, Amb. Mohammed Abdullahi gave the charge Thursday, in Lokoja, during the advocacy visit of the agency, on COVID-19 and rape cases, to the palace of Maigarin Lokoja, Alhaji Muhammadu Maikarfi II.
He explained that members of the agency were in the palace to seek synergy and collaboration of the traditional institution in sensitising the public on the need to take preventive measures against the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
He lamented that lots people still do not believe in the existence of the pandemic.
According to him: “Some people, especially those in the rural areas do not believe in the existence of the Coronavirus disease, which is the most difficult aspect in the fight against the spread of the pandermic.
“It is always difficult to convince people on certain things they don’t believe exist, and we have been moving round the state for enlightenment programme to convince such people.
“We cannot do it alone. That is why we are in the palace of His Highness, to involve all stakeholders, especially the traditional institutions; to seek your support and collaboration for this enlightenment programme so that we can create the awareness and how the pandermic can be prevented.”
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He described Coronavirus pandermic as a threat to human existence, and urged residents of Kogi State to take preventive measure by washing their hands regularly with soap and water.
“People should also use facemasks, maintain social distancing and ensure personal and environmental hygiene, in order to be safe from the deadly pandemic,” he advised.
Speaking on the incessant rape cases across the country and the recent development where some fathers engaged their daughters on sexual escapade, the NOA boss solicited the prayer and support of the monarch in sensitising the people against the ugly trend.
The Maigari of Lokoja, Dr Muhammadu Maikarfi II commended the agency for their dexterity in ensuring that the Convid-19 disease is prevented from spreading in the state through their continuous sensitization campaign.
He assured that the Lokoja Traditional Council will collaborate with the agency in public enlightenment programme, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the state capital.
“We will not also relent in our efforts to talk to people on the issue of rape, it is already wide spread like wild fire and it is not good for humanity,” he said.