Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Covid-19 Lockdown: CEPEJ To Governor Okowa, Stop Preaching To Deltans. Give Them Food Items To Eat!

....CEPEJ says Investigative Reports on Hunger and Starvation may manifest in Delta if prompt action is resisted by Govt and Stakeholders

....Comrade Mulade says theory is over; time for Sensitization is over,   this is the time for A Practical Feeding.

....Activist says Governor Okowa's approaches,  efforts quite Commendable on curtailing pandemic in Delta.

...enjoins Governor to embark on purchase and distribution of food items directly to Citizens.

...says Hungervirus more dangerous than Coronavirus, advises him on more pragmatic steps.

.....Commended Governor Okowa's prompt release of WHO's  guidelines and  Delta State Ministry of  Health efforts on pandemic Sensitization  to Cutizens.

..... says Governor's Lockdown initiative, closure of entry points quite Commendable.

....says Delta StateCommittee or task force on Food Monitoring should be set up by the State Government.

.......Says LGA Chairmen,
 Community Leaders and other Community Stakeholders should monitor the process as well.

... CEPEJ says Citizens lives more important than the Sensitization on preventive measures.

...says Politicians should bury their differences, political affiliations, avoid politicization antics to get the tasks accomplished.

.....Comrade Mulade  enjoined all Deltans yo make prayers very important during lockdown,  trust in God for victory over pandemic.

By Victor Bieni

BENIKRUKU TOWN/ GBARAMATU KINGDOM- DELTA STATE-  The National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), and  Delta State born Human and Environmental Rights Activist, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to be more proactive and adopt pragmatic steps to alleviate and cushion the suffering of citizens in the state to save Deltans from the deadly Coronavirus by providing food items for the Citizens in their various Communities.

The Word renowned Activist and United Nations Ambassador, Comrade Sherrif Mulade disclosed this to  some group of Journalists in  his country home at Benikrukru Town, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West LGA,  Delta State,  expressed worries over the welfare of Deltans as the Citizens embark on  lockdown as a result of the global Pandemic.

The globally tested and proven Environmentalist noted that the  sources of feeding of poor, ordinary Deltans,  citizens that makes daily incomes for living through daily outings is already stopped therefore that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa should do the needful to save  lives during this period of lockdown as a result of the global Covid -19 pandemic.

Comrade Mulade who is the National Coordinator of the foremost Non Governmental Organisation with headquarter in Warri commended Governor Okowa for the continuous update of Deltans about the deadly global pandemic and dissemination of WHO guidelines to sensitize the people.

The  World Distinguished Civil Society Leader,   also lauded the Governor for taking bold steps in the closing and the locking-down of border points to the state and restricting movements which according to him is a welcome development.

He  added that, however that the preaching, Sensitization,  goes beyond  the Governor staying at his  comfort zone in the Government house by issuing government political policy statements to prevent and curb it".

In his words: "Our amiable Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa at this trying time must be encouraged, supported in prayers so that jointly and collectively they could overcome the challenges in the State"

"My stake at this juncture is  that Government should do the needful by helping the citizens beyond issuing preventive measure as well as guidelines from WHO and the Ministry of Health".

 “Governor Okowa should look forward to adopting practical steps and good measures to save Deltans. Such steps he reasoned should be devoid of political affiliations or party interest and ethnic correlation as the circumstance before the world and Nigeria is health related".

 "The challenges are not related to politics as the people are not in a political campaign atmosphere where politicians could discredit and criticize each other or gather in affiliations".

"The situation is such that party interest and differences must be buried where for politicians and none politicians alike must all support the state government to save Deltans and Nigeria at large".

“It is imperative to call on Governor Okowa to begin alternative and palliative measures by purchasing and distributing food items to citizens of the state, which is more important to save their lives rather than continuous threats of restriction of movements and closure of entry points to the state which is equally necessary but the citizens must be alive to overcome this coronavirus pandemic to enjoy the state government infrastructural plans", he said.

CEPEJ Boss then  strongly appealed to Governor  Ifeanyi Okowa to kindly reach out to Deltans at this trying time with food items directly to save lives immediately in the 25 LGAs of Delta State.

He opened that such food items to citizens should be devoid of politicization because if the pandemic persist most Nigerians particularly Deltans will die of hunger and starvation as trades are already taking advantage of government inability to control and the market situation to exploits the Citizens.

 Therefore, that  Governor  Okowa  should as a matter of urgency embark on the purchase and distribution of food items through Ethnic and Community Chairmen leadership devoid of party or government interest but should be properly supervised by a committee, Delta State CORONAVIRUS Food Monitoring Taskforce for transparency and accountability.

Comrade Mulade added  that the above stated  strategy to the best of his  knowledge will help the Government to reach the grassroot populace to benefit and save them from Hungervirus at this moment of lockdown.

He said further that  it has become expedient for Delta State Government to adopt this formula so that the receiving communities could monitor and collect their legitimate share.

While cautioning the ethnic leadership and Community Chairmen to imbibe the spirit of  integrity and other  stringent measures so as to  stop our political office holders from hijacking and reselling the items.

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