CSO’s call for unity in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic

As the cases of coronavirus continued to increase, a coalition Civil Society Organsations has said that this is no time to trade blames, but for citizens to cooperate with government in order to maximize the gains of the responses.

The group under the aegis of Conference of Civil Society of Nigeria/Civil Society Centre for Leadership and Fellowship, called for collective response and disregard for baseless opposition in the country.

Calling on health experts to assist in the fight against coronavirus while addressing newsmen, the Coordinator of Civil Society Situation Room on COVID-19, Comrade Adams Otakwu, recommended that the Nigerian government should continue to pay more attention to the health sector.

Otakwu said “The PTF should work further closely with Civil Society for greater community engagements in order to mitigate community transmission and coordinate more effective community-based responses”

Explaining why the situation room was open, Otakwu said, “following the declaration of the COVID-19 a pandemic by the World Health Organization in February, 2020, we opened a situation room to assess, evaluate and report government, public and private responses and also to mobilize community, national and international civil solidarity to defeat the pandemic.

He continued “It is not time for needless controversies and baseless oppositions and attacks on government and parliaments as we see with some group.

“We consider such acts as unnecessary, contemptuous, misplaced, irresponsible and desperate quest to undermine and marginalize the value of national response as well as the collective determination of the global collaborative community to surmount the pandemic.

“Such cynical matrix must be discontinued at this moment that humanity is caught up in a vicious warfare with an invincible army.”

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