By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A non government organization, Journalists Initiative on Immunization Against Polio (JAP), has called on Federal and state governments to hasten the process and be transparent in provision of palliatives to Nigerians towards cussioning the effects of the lockdown against the COVID-19 pandemic.
JAP in a statement jointly signed by Kaduna State Chairman of the organization, Mallam Lawal Dogara and Secretary, Shindong Bala, expressed concerny over the experiences of many families who hitherto only depend on daily menial activities for their survival.
The statement called on all traditional and religious leaders to champion sensitization campaign against the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic stating that their followers have so much trust and confidence in their counsel and messages.
According to the statement, JAP is diverting its attention to the global pandemic because it has impacted on all fabrics of social endeavors.
It explained that the novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, and named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) initially referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.
The statement indicated that there were outbreak of flu diseases in the past including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), from the same family of virus, but none has impacted on the socio-economic systems of the world like what is being experienced today.
JAP therefore, appealed to all Nigerians to abide by the stay at home order by government as that is the best alternative to stop the spread of the disease.
According to the statement JAP has met with religious and traditional leaders in it’s drive to sensitized the people and will continue to do so as it’s agenda for corporate social responsibility.