- The National Orientation Agency has been criticised for not sensitizing Nigerians on the dangers of coronavirus
- The Northern Solidarity Front accused the agency of sitting idle instead of carrying out its objectives
- Al Jazeera recently made a report citing the lack of sensitization in Nigeria regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
The Northern Solidarity Front (NSF) has berated the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for not doing enough in sensitising Nigerians on the dangers associated with the dreaded coronavirus.
The group was reacting to a news report by an international news outlet, the Al Jazeera, citing the lack of sensitization in Nigeria regarding the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
In a press statement released to journalists in Abuja and signed by its leader, Garuda Ahmed on Friday, March 27, the group lambasted the NOA for “sitting idle instead of carrying out the main objectives.”
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“It is sad that at this critical time, the NOA is doing nothing to sensitize Nigerians on the dangers associated with the COVID-19 virus.
“If the agency had been doing its job, the report by Aljazeera where Nigerians were seen going about their normal lives and claiming that the virus is not in Nigeria would have been the opposite,” Ahmed said.
He further called for a probe of the budget of the NOA saying, “you cannot have a yearly budget and still do nothing.”
The group called on the APC-led government to take a cue from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Aliko Dangote and Tony Elumelu by providing relief for vulnerable Nigerians this period.
The NSF commended the former vice president for coming to the aid of Nigerians during this critical period.
The group also accused the federal government of playing politics with the current situation.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian military says it has designated 17 of its medical facilities as isolation centres across the country as Nigeria continues its fight against the global pandemic - coronavirus.
This was disclosed by the coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche at a recent press briefing to outline the military's plans to aid civil authorities in the fight against the pandemic.
The military authorities also say there are plans to recall retired medical personnel to complement those in active service.
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