From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
National Orientation Agency (NOA) has charged traditional rulers in Kogi State to partner the agency in the sensitization and enlightenment of the people against the spread of convid-19 pandermic.
Ambassador Mohammed Abdullahi , the Director NOA Kogi State Directorate of the agency gave the charge in Lokoja during an advocacy visit to the palace of Maigarin Lokoja Alhaji Muhammadu Maikarfi II.
The Director who said members of NOA were in the palace to seek synergy and collaboration of the traditional institution in sensitizing the public on the need to take preventive measures against the spread of Coronavirus infection , lamented that some people still not believe in the existence of the pandemic.
According to him “Some people especially those at the rural areas do not believe in the existence of Coronavirus which is the most difficult aspect in the fight against the spread of the pandermic.
“It is always difficult to convince people on certain things they don’t believe it exist and we have been moving round the state for enlightenment programme to convince such people.
“We can not do it alone that is why we are in the palace of His Highness to involve all stakeholders especially the traditional institutions to seek your support and collaboration for this enlightenment programme so that we can create the awareness and how the pandermic can be prevented”
Abdullahi who described Coronavirus pandermic as a threat to human existence, urged residents of Kogi State to take preventive measure by washing hands regularly with soap and water.
“People should also use face mask, maintain social distancing and ensure personal and environmental hygiene in order to be safe from the deadly pandermic” he advised.
Speaking on the incessant rape cases across the country and the recent development where some fathers engaged their daughters on sexual escapade, the NOA boss solicited the prayers and support of the monarch in sensitizing the people against the ugly trend.
Responding, the Maigari of Lokoja Dr Muhammadu Maikarfi II commended the agency for their dexterity in ensuring that the Convid-19 disease does not spread in the state through their continuous sensitization campaign.
The royal father assured that the Lokoja Traditional Council would collaborate with the agency in public enlightenment programme to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state capital.
“We will not also relent in our efforts to talk to people on the issue of rape, it is already wipe spread like wild fire and it is not good for humanity” he said.