COVID-19: CSOs creates awareness, donates hand washing facilities

As part of sensitization of the people to curtail spread of the novel Covid-19, the Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet), a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), has embarked on awareness creation and donation of some hand washing materials across Nigeria.

Chairman, Board of Trustees, CSDevNet, Dr Ibrahim Choji, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Choji said the first set of hand washing facilities were donated to Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi.

The statement said the paramount ruler of Anyigba, Dekina LGA of Kogi state, Alhaji Shaibu Okolo, the Ogohi-Onu Anyigba received the first set of items on behalf of the people, where he called on the government and private organisations as well as individuals to partner with CSDevNet in order to make more of these facilities available to the public.

Choji said the National Union of Road Transport Workers and the National Association of Road Transport Owners in Dekina also benefitted from the donations.

The statement said “In collaboration with WelfareAid Initiatives, Nigerian Civil Society Framework for Paris Agreement and SDGS and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, CSDevNet is currently providing solutions and leading the way by creating awareness on the COVID-19.

“We are also donating some hand washing facilities across Nigeria.

“This is in line with our commitment to unifying and coordinating isolated civil society efforts on sustainable development in Nigeria in order to ensure people-centred response mechanisms are accorded desirable attention and relevance.

“As climate resilience is increasingly mainstreamed into national poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies and actions.”

Choji said that the CSOs were deeply saddened by the impacts of the COVID -19 pandemic and were sympatising with all those who were suffering as a result of the pandemic.

Choji said “particularly, we acknowledge the sacrifices made by healthcare workers and others, ensuring other critical services remained available throughout the crisis.”

“The crisis also demonstrates our ability as Nigerians to respond rapidly to imminent dangers, as we must also do to combat other unprecedented threats to our country, such as climate change, accelerating biodiversity loss and growing national inequalities.

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