The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has taken its sensitization on COVID-19 protocols to Imo communities to re-educate residents on the need to maintain the measures in spite of relaxation by government.
The motorized campaign tagged “Be Responsible, Do Your Part to Rid Nigeria of COVID-19″ was held in major streets in Owerri on Tuesday.
NOA Director in the state, Mr Vitus Ekeocha said the programme was part of the agency’s efforts to communicate government policies, programmes and activities to members of the public in the state.
“NOA nationwide has embarked on a public enlightenment programme aimed at ridding the states of COVID-19.
“We want every citizen of Nigeria to know that COVID-19 is real and to be able to communicate same to their friends, relatives, and well-wishers.
“There is need to deepen the COVID-19 enlightenment. People should continue to observe personal and environmental hygiene, wear mask, wash their hands regularly under running water, use alcohol-based sanitiser and observe social distancing.
“We are also advising Imo people, especially those in the rural areas to report returnees ‘from any quarter’ that entered their community or places of residence who unknown to them may be ‘silent carriers’ to authorities for immediate action.
“This disease is real and not a scam. The figure in Imo state is increasing and we dont want it to continue that way,” he said.
Ekeocha explained that the motorised campaign would focus majorly on remote streets and corners of Owerri where people might not have known much about the coronavirus.
He regretted that despite previous announcements and other activities of government to curtail the spread of COVID-19, people were yet to comply to government directives especially on mask wearing and physical distancing and called for a change of attitude.
He said that his campaign team would equally meet with other stakeholders in the state such as religious leaders, traditional rulers, members of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers and market leaders on imbibing the government protocols on COVID-19.
The NOA director added that the government established task force had already started its enforcement of the protocols especially as it related to transporters and number of passengers to carry.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NOA motorised campaign set off from the agency’s office at Okigwe Road, through Imo Government House along Wetheral Road to Douglas and pass through Royce Road, to Umezuruike, Oparanozie, and Amaigbo Streets.
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