By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
The National Coordinator, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, (CEPEJ), Comrade Sheriff Mulade, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria for its pro-activeness towards curbing the spread of COVID-19 by shutting down all International Flights.
He also thanked the President for some other steps taken through the activities of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), the reduction in pump price of premium spirit, (Petrol), done to ensure that the fight against COVID-19 is maintained and sustained.
He stated that the Federal Ministry of Health and all relevant bodies for the control and treatments of Coronavirus have been doing great jobs especially in the area of sensitizing the public and giving out adequate warnings and instructions.
He commended the Nigeria media and the Information Ministry for doing much in information dissemination. Mulade Sheriff noted that Nigerians should continue to seek for information from the Federal Government and all relevant bodies as information is key and a veritable tool in the fight against coronavirus.
He said, “So far the President, His Excellency Mohammadu Buhari has proven to be very concerned, this can be seen from the actions and steps taken by the Federal Government to avoid the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), by shutting down international flights and restricting others from coming into the country as one of the best steps to reduce the spread”.
He suggested that, the land borders should also be closed down and adequately policed to avoid the the influx of people who have gotten the virus from some neighbouring countries through the land borders.
Speaking further, on CEPEJ adherence to the Federal Government and Ministry of Health directives on reducing the spread of the virus within the Nation, he enthused that “CEPEJ is strictly complying by shutting down all its offices in Delta, Lagos, Kano, Niger States and FCT, Abuja.
Comrade Mulade Sheriff is of the view that all well meaning Nigerians should join in this onerous task of warding off the very dreaded Coronavirus that has the capacity to wipe the human race if not well tackled. Presently, the pandemic threatens the economic stability of nations across the world.
He said that CEPEJ is embarking on sensitisation campaign to Compliment Government’s efforts, while also assisting in the provision of hand-wash buckets with disinfectants, hand sanitizers to curtail and reduce the spread, a measure to support government institutions particularly Nigeria Divisional Police Station at Life Camp and Road Safety offices in FCT, Abuja and Health centres at Osubi and Ugolo communities both in Delta State.
The National Coordinator has also formally announced the closing down of all its operations in all the Centre’s offices starting from Wednesday, the 25th of March 2020. No visitors are to be entertained pending when the spread of COVID-19 is properly managed. The CEPEJ offices include, the Head Office in Warri, Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Minna and Escravos riverine office, meanwhile, all staff are to work from home. He also commended the staff for their quick response to duties and living by instructions and directives of Federal Government and Ministry of Health while encouraging them not to forget maintaining proper hygiene off the office environment.