A coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria has appealed to the federal government to put forth stringent measures that would limit public gatherings and promote safe social contacts among citizens.
Their request is coming barely 24 hours after Nigeria confirmed its third case of Covid-19.
The group includes Policy and Legislative Advocacy Centre, Centre for Liberty, Stakeholders Democracy Network SDN, Silverchip Fox, TechHer, Butterfly Effect Empowerment Initiative, YIAGA Africa, Concerned Nigerians, Free Nigeria Movement, Adopt A Goal Initiative, Dinidari Foundation, Rule of Law Development Foundation, Education as a Vaccine, Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), Centre for Democracy Development, Girl Child Africa, Tap Nitiative, Centre for Impact Advocacy (CiA), Raising New Voices Initiative, Global Rights and Connected Development (CODE)
In a statement made available to West Africa Pilot, the coalition expressed its concern over continuous exposure if Nigeria to foreign travellers from affected countries.
It noted that the confirmation of the third case of Covid-19 in Lagos warrants stringent measures in protecting borders and managing movement in and out of Nigeria.
The statement reads : ”For both Nigerians returning home and any travellers deemed essential by the Nigerian government, there must be mandatory and closely monitored self-isolation or quarantine measures for at least two weeks. NCDC should immediately receive funds that will be adequate for it to radically scale activities and make a major urgent investment in testing for coronavirus.
”State Governments should move immediately to provide their own technical teams with adequate resources for an effective response to a health emergency and any state that has not acted yet should be pressured to do so immediately.
”Effort should be put in place to closely monitor our land borders and ensure basic health protocols for prevention of coronavirus spread.
“Governments at all levels (Federal, state and local) should consider immediate measures to limit public gatherings and promote safe social contacts amongst citizens.
“We need both the federal government and state governors to act to forestall unnecessary losses of life.
The coalition group further emphasised on the need to adhere to the rules laid by NCDC on social events
“By being cautious early, we can protect our country from undetected outbreaks spreading dramatically.
“We will need to work together as a society, and we will need to work with our neighboring countries to protect each other in this time of danger,” the coalition stated.
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