- A member of the House of Representatives has provided emergency relief package for constituents as Nigeria battles coronavirus
- The lawmaker also kick-started a door-to-door enlightenment campaign on COVID-19 over the weekend
- The move was aimed at teaching local residents about social distancing and self-isolation
A member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Akin Alabi, on Saturday, March 29, kick-started a door-to-door enlightenment campaign on COVID-19 to teach local residents in his constituency about social distancing and self-isolation.
Honourable Alabi who represents Egbeda/Ona Ara federal constituency in Oyo state said the action was taken before Oyo state goes into partial lockdown.
During the enlightenment campaign, Hon. Alabi provided the first batch of his emergency relief package which includes food items and hygiene products for the residents at their doorstep in order to cushion the effect of the stay at home order.
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He stated that it has become imperative for the government to provide palliative measures for the masses in order to make them comply with the guidelines.
His words: “This is only the first batch, we don't know how long this will last yet, but we all know that our people need this in order to get along since we are shutting down their daily business in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.”
Hon Alabi said he decided to educate the residents so that they may understand the importance of slowing the spread of the disease.
The lawmaker provided food items like rice, beans, garri, groundnut oil and hygiene products like hand sanitizers and soaps.
In a related development, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the director-general of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Lukman, has asked Nigerians to support some of the initiatives put in place at different levels of government to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
In a statement sent to journalists on Friday, March 27, Lukman stated that ignoring such support could endanger lives indiscriminately at this critical time.
He said the earlier Nigerians appreciate and support the government to win the COVID-19 battle now the better.
Meanwhile, 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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