Covid-19: Interfaith Forum Takes Sensitisation to Bodija Market

To contribute its quota to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, IDFP has earmarked about eight Million Naira for the provision of protective materials for vulnerable groups in ten states.

The states which include FCT are Oyo, Lagos, Ebonyi, Imo and Plateau

Others are Niger, Kano, Kaduna and Borno.

The IFDP National Co-Chairman, Alhaji Kunle Sanni who stated this at Bodija Market, Ibadan during a day demonstration, sensitisation and distribution of COVID-19 protective items, said Seven Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira was budgeted for each of the States.

He said the forum picked the market for the sensitisation because traders are part of the most vulnerable group that needed regular reminder on preventive mechanisms to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

“We are here on advocacy visit to sensitize our traders who are one of the most vulnerable and susceptible to the attack of coronavirus pandemic because they unfettered access to so many people and they are a great stakeholder in the fight against coronavirus”. 

Alhaji Sanni noted that sensitizing the public on ways to curb the spread of the virus should be a collective responsibility of all including religious leaders .

“Everybody, religious groups, market women, traders, everyone should be involved in the fight against coronavirus and not only the medical practitioners”.

While demonstrating the use of the preventive items, the immediate past chairperson, Women wing of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Oyin Sowoolu decried the nonchalant attitude of people to the use of facenasks in particular stressing that COVID-19 is real.

“We continue to remind people of what to do and we want them to know that coronavirus is real. We have to come to the grassroots to meet the people and more so the market men and women are the most vulnerable .

Babaloja of Bodija Market, Alhaji Sumaila Aderemi and the Secretary of the market association, Mrs Toyin Alayande lauded the support and promised to ensure the traders make good use of the materials. 

Our Correspondent reports that five hundred market men and women benefitted from the gesture. 

Some of the protective materials distributed include face masks, liquid soaps, hand sanitizers, stickers, fliers and paper bags  that contain instructions to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Rilwan Fasasi

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