The Neo-Black Movement of Africa (NBM) has charged the Federal Government to do more in winning the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
It stated that the government needed to roll out a robust economic stimulus for citizens, while also ensuring its transparency.
In a statement, the movement’s national president, Chief Felix Kupa, noted that government, through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, had more to do if the virus was to be effectively contained.
According to him, “we must do things differently and be more proactive if we must win the war against COVID-19. We must follow the guidelines laid out by the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) and the PTF, maintain social distancing, wash our hands frequently with soap and running water as well as use facemasks and hand sanitisers.”
He urged the 36 state governors to ensure that the local councils were well equipped to reach out to the communities with sensitive information.
Kupa reminded President Muhammadu Buhari administration that the primary objective of every government was the protection of lives and property in addition to the welfare of its citizens.
Consequently, the group stressed that the battle at hand must be won through adequate medical supplies as well as the establishment of more isolation centres and procurement of ventilators besides increasing the country’s testing capacity and ratio, among others.
The NBM leader recalled that his organisation was one of the earliest responders to sensitise the public at the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and has kept the mission alive.
He continued, “The movement has also deployed the use of social media platforms, production and sponsoring of online jingles and graphic materials to sensitise the public on staying safe while supporting our members and host communities with palliatives and welfare packages.
“Our zone in as far as the Philippines. And several other zones across the globe have since been mandated to roll out welfare palliatives like foodstuffs and household items, and all our zonal structures have reached out to our members and their immediate communities in their possible capacity, some are still doing it today.”
The national president added that the disease informed the postponement of the group’s national convention originally scheduled for April 16, 2020, to a date to be announced in the future.