THE National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Ebonyi says it is partnering traditional rulers, town criers and stakeholders in various communities on its statewide campaign toward preventing the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
The Agency’s State Director, Dr Emmanuel Abah, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Umuaka Ekpelu autonomous community, Ikwo Local Government Area of the state after its campaign.
It said that its partnership with the traditional councils would strengthen community engagement in its fight against COVID-19.
Abah, represented by the Agency’s Programme Director in Ebonyi, Mr Romanus Mbam, said that the importance of traditional rulers, youths and women groups in nation-building could not be over-emphasised.
He said that the exercise tagged “Advocacy Sensitisation Campaign on Increased Communication and Community Engagement on COVID-19”, was designed to enlighten the rural dwellers on the need to be committed in their fight against community transmission of the virus.
The director said that the programme, which started on Aug. 17 would be taken around the 13 local government areas and communities in the state.
Abah urged the people to increase their level of personal hygiene by maintaining regular hand washing and obeying all government-approved restrictions and protocols to prevent community spread of the virus.
Mr Simon Mbam, the Agency’s Head of Human Resources Department in the state, also advised the traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Ebonyi communities to spur the people to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols.
Mr Albert Opefi of Umuaka Ekpelu Autonomous community in Ikwo Local Government promised to mobilise youths and women groups in his community to ensure that the campaign gets to the grassroots level.
Mr Pius Nwangene of Ndiagu-Okpuitumo Autonomous Community commended NOA for taking COVID-19 campaign to the people in the rural communities of the state.
Ndubisi Nworie, a youth and a member of Umuaka Ekpelu autonomous community cabinet, said that he would support the programme to achieve the desired success in the area.
NAN reports that the NOA team had taken the programme to Ebonyi North and Central Senatorial districts. (NAN)
– Aug. 24, 2020 @ 14:09 GMT |