By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organzation, (NGO), SABIL Charitable Organization, has expressed dismay over non-compliance by Kaduna residents to the safety measures put in place to check the spread of Coronavirus pendemic in the state.
The Founder of the Group Hajiya Halimatu Sadiya Abdul, made the assertion while speaking to the media in Kaduna on Monday, June 22, 2020.
She said this has become necessary because of the recent hints by state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that the state might be forced to reverse the lockdown ease if the number of new cases of those tested positive to Coronavirus increases, saying a second lockdown will not be funny for residents.
According to her, during the last
lockdown things were so difficult for many residents especially the vulnerables and her organization has to come to the aid of many people.
She added that prior to distribution of palliative to the vulnerables they were enlightened on the need to keep social distance, handwshing using sanitizer, avoid crowded places and wearing of face masks.
She further explained that there is no doubt that many people whose source of livelihood is daily were affected during the period.
“Many organizations like ours get donations from wealthy individuals and going back to them for assistance on behalf of the people in case of another lockdown will not be easy,” she said.
Speaking on the activities of her organization during the last lockdowns, Hajiya Abdul said
apart from the palliative distributed to them, we also talked to the women and adviced them to remain at home to limit the spread of the virus.
“The distributions of palliative were carried out thrice at different occasions while we observed social distancing.
“One of our Patrons Architect Mohammed Dawu donated face masks to a school ran be another organization: Human Development Foundation of Nigeria.
“The school has 90 per cent orphans as pupils, while others are destitute, and children of People Living With Disability, (PLWDs), among others. As soon as schools are open we will go and distribute the face masks to the pupils,” she said
She lamented over the nonchalant attitude of Nigerians towards the genuiness of the presence of Coronavirus in the country, saying “some people are ignorant and don’t believe in it especially people in the villages and I am very surprised about this because people are still conducting their businesses as nothing is happening.”
Hajiya Abdul warned Nigerians that Coronavirus pandemic is real, saying “We’re in a very dangerous situation and it is important that people abide by the rules as given by authorities concerned.
“Nigerians are very wonderful people who like to break rules and regulations of the society and I sincerely don’t know why they behave in such manner.
“If you go out, you people roaming the streets without observing social distancing order or wear face mask, and I begin to wonder what if they are infected by the virus what would happened?”, she querried.