CTA calls for citizens action against Coronavirus

The Center for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has asked Nigerians to take necessary actions as advised by the recognised authority to end the scourge of .

In a statement signed Thursday in Abuja by its executive director, Faith Nwadishi, called on government at all levels and citizens to be vigilant, adding that collectively, “we shall fight this scourge. Equally, we at CTA commend and support the health workers who are risking their lives to make the rest of the citizenry safe and healthy.”

The organisation has, however, said it has suspended all travels involving CTA staff are hereby suspended all public engagements and meetings even as it asked all the staff to work from home until further notice.

It also urged that regularly and thorough hands warsh with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser, maintainance of least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, among others should be taken serious.

“Since this news broke out, several cases have been recorded and one death recorded. As at the time of the release of this statement, 46 cases have been identified.

“This is a sobering moment for Nigeria as a country and its citizens. Unfortunately, the government appeared ill-prepared to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The government failed to close especially the Air borders and the international airports early enough. There were improper screenings at the airports and other transport facilities including public buildings. Also, some people who returned recently from abroad failed to self-isolate themselves thereby aggravating the already grave situation.”

CTA said it sympathised with families who have lost love ones and those who have contracted the disease and wish them quick recovery.

“If you’ve travelled recently to a country with the widespread transmission in the last 14 days and you’re showing symptoms of Fever, cough or breathing difficulty, please stay at home and dial the NCDC toll-free number: 080097000010.

“In view of this precarious health situation in Nigeria and World over, CTA management working responsibly and working with the government to reduce the spread of the pandemic is activating the social distancing strategy for her staff and partner.

“This was activated on Tuesday, March 24 and will last for two weeks in the first instance. Consequently, all CTA staff and partners are to stay at home and work virtually from home for the next two weeks.”

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