COVID-19 Fight : coalition wants csos, private sector engagement,partnership with govt-By Reginald Okoro

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The Society for Water and Sanitation has called on Civil Society Organizatios, private sectors to increase their engagement and partnership with state government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization, a coalition of 30 Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and civil society groups made the appeal in a communiqué released on Friday in Abakaliki after its meeting on April 16.
The communique was signed by four members of the organization including; Dr Kelechi Okezie,its national secretary, Rev Sis. Cecilia Aja,state state coordinator and Mr Oliver Aja among others.
The coalition during it meeting reviewed and commended the efforts and steps taken by state government in containing the virus and preventing it from spreading into Ebonyi.
It therefore called for increased collaboration and engagement among state government , non state actors and private sectors to defeat the pandemic.
The coalition in a 13-point communique, observed with dismay the current unprecedented threat to human health ane development occasioned by the spread of the devastating global pandemic.
The group said that it was committed to playing key roles as well as complementing the efforts of Ebonyi government in its commitment and decisive action in combating the scourge.
The communique read in part: “That the coalition commends the untiring efforts of state government in protectecting the lives of citizens and residents against the dreaded virus.
“That the organization applauds Gov. Dave Umahi and state government COVID-19 committee for proactively putting in place the world Health Organization (WHO) comprehensive package measures to contain the pandemic in Ebonyi.
“Appealed to citizens and residents of the state to remain law abiding and to support all efforts of government in containing and preventing the virus in the state.
Ebonyi state gov. Umahi

“We recognise the social and economic challenges some of these measures pose to the people, and we call on our people to have faith in the government and to remain resolute in their faith that this pandemic will soon be over.
“We laud the state government’s aggressive public awareness campaigns, early establishment and equipping of isolation centres, regular media briefings,fumigation of public places and timely closure of state borders.
“We also commend the 7pm to 7am curfiew put in place by government despite non index case in the state.
“We appeal to state government to provide welfare palliatives to indigents and vulnerable persons and create food banks across the state to support the less privileged.
“We appeal to security agencies and community vigilantes to intensify efforts in combating crime as people stay at home.
“The coalition appeals for the respect of human rights of citizens by state actors because nothing justifies human rights violation under any guise.”
The coalition further commended groups and individuals who have donated funds and materials to support government in its fight against the virus

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