Members of the Association of Local Government Information Officers (ALGIO) chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State chapter, on Saturday, kick-started a sensitisation campaign to the grassroots on how to prevent the novel Coronavirus.
The campaign under the aegis of the Coalition for Grassroots Volunteers Against COVID-19 (COGVAC-19), held in partnership with the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde, was kicked off in Ijawaya Village, Atiba Local Government area of Oyo State by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, who represented the Governor.
According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the Governor, Mr Moses Alao, the sensitization campaign took place at the village square, with Villagers, ALGIO members and State officials observing the mandatory social distance, while there was also a house-to-house sensitization where villagers were given nose masks, washing soaps and hand sanitisers.
Explaining the rationale for setting up the campaign, the Chairman of ALGIO Chapel, Oyo State, Alhaji Kunle Kareem, said Local Government Information Officers in the State wanted to contribute to the State’s efforts to prevent COVID-19, noting that the body chose to take the campaign to the grassroots because there is always a dearth of information at the rural communities.
At the sensitization campaign, which also had in attendance the Caretaker Chairmen of Atiba and Afijio Local Governments, Alhaji Ibrahim Akinkunmi and Mr. Gbenga Okeleye, the Commissioner for Information, Dr Olatubosun, said the State decided to join force with ALGIO because its vision to take the message of COVID-19 prevention to the grassroots was in alignment with the efforts of the State’s COVID-19 Task Force under the leadership of Governor Makinde.
Also speaking on how residents of the community could prevent the COVID-19, the Consultant on COGVAC-19, Mr Debo Adeoye, charged residents of the village to always maintain social distance even while in their farms, adding that washing of hands with water and soap at all times and avoiding contacts with the eyes, noses and mouths without first washing their hands were important at this period.
He also advised on the use of hand sanitisers, adding that as villagers, they should consume more fruits and vegetables, which have been proved to contain immune-boosting nutrients.
Oyo State NLC Chairman, Comrade Titilola-Sodo, equally admonished the residents of Ijawaya to ensure the follow the guidelines they were taught on how to prevent the virus, even as he commended the Makinde-administration for being workers-friendly.
Earlier, the Caretaker Chairman of Atiba Local Government, Mr Akinkunmi, expressed delight that the sensitization began in his Local Government, charging the residents to ensure that they follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines.