As efforts to contain the spread of the dreadful COVID-19 virus were being intensified across board, Ogun State Government has charged the people to make wearing of face mask a must whenever there was need to move around, so as to prevent contracting the disease.
The State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele stated this when she led government delegate to receive the leadership of the Anglican Church, Church of Nigeria Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, who were at the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta, to support the State government in its determination to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.
Engr. Salako–Oyedele, while appreciating the leadership of the church for the cash donation of N5m towards the containment of the dreaded Covid-19 virus ravaging continents of the world, called on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and other faith-based organisations in the State not to relent in their prayer and other support to the state and nation in general.
She described the gesture as a welcome development, imploring the people to always provide genuine and effective information on how to prevent the virus, rather than creating fear on the mind of the masses.
“Ogun State Government is indeed very delighted with the donation of N5m by the Ecclesiastes Church of Nigeria at these trying times in our global history .The Church has been a dedicated partner, with our desire to uplift the living standard of people in our dear state. We thank you for your support and particularly, in our bid to streamline church activities during this pandemic period”, she stated.
Speaking on the mode of distribution of relief materials provided by government, the Deputy Governor revealed that, a multi -sectoral taskforce in each of the 20 Local governments areas of the State have been assigned for fair distribution to the ‘’real rural-poor and most vulnerable’’ in the state, adding that a well-thought out identification process have been initiated to ensure its transparency and fairness.
“We have embarked on a fairly good mandate to identify those that truly requires urgent help amongst us. This gesture was targeted at helping communities maintain social harmony amongst residents, she noted.
Acknowledging notable philanthropic gestures, Mrs. Salako-Oyedele commended individual and public spirited persons, as well as corporate organisations for their innumerable support and deep show of concern towards the people since the outbreak, calling for more humane and considerate contribution towards collectively containing the spread of the virus among the people.
Earlier, Archbishop of the Lagos Ecclesiastes and Lord Bishop of Remo Diocese, Bishop Michael Fape, while presenting the cash donation to the state government said the financial support was in recognition of the present administration’s drive towards containing the spread in the state, and to also show deep concern on the plight of the people at this trying time.
“We are here as a religious organisation to show our deep concern on the effects of the Coronavirus, and particularly, government’s disposition on the pandemic. As a religious body, whatever touches our people equally touches us and we are resolute in sharing of God’s enablement in our Churches”, he stated.
Bishop Fape, thereafter prayed for more wisdom and protection in dealing with the pandemic globally.
On the government’s delegate to receive the Bishop were; the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, Chief of Staff to the Governor ,Alh.Shuaib Salisu and the Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr. ‘Leke Ogunbanwo.