… Calls for transparency in the distribution of palliatives, use of rights based approach by security agencies.
A non Governmental Organization, CLEEN Foundation has advocated an improved synergy between the Federal and the State Governments on the coordination of COVID-19 responses across the nation.
In statement by Benson Olugbuo,
Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, also said that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum should support and complement the efforts of the Presidential Task Force across the states.
According to the ED, Security agents must embrace rights based approach to enforce the restriction of movement directives, saying that officers of security agencies indicted for human rights abuses should be made to face the full weight of the law.
In addition, government should provide personal protective equipment and codes of conduct for all security agents deployed to enforce the restriction of movement, while their welfare should also be made a priority.
“We advocate for complete transparency in the distribution of palliatives to vulnerable Nigerians and ensure they reach the poor and vulnerable to avoid the potential security implication of perceived imbalance.
“We appeal to the general public to embrace the public health advisory of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and comply with directives of the Federal and State Governments on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recalled that the Federal Government on Monday 31st March 2020 enforced a restriction of movement in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja (FCT), for an initial 14 days period while directing citizens in these states to stay at home because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.
On Tuesday 13th of April 2020, the restriction of movement was extended for another 14 days due to the rising incidents of the pandemic in the two affected States and FCT.