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By Stanley Nwanosike
Obe (Enugu State), Jan. 6, 2017 (NNN) The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Calistus Onaga, has enjoined Christians  to live exemplary Christ-like lives worthy of emulation.

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By Stanley Nwanosike
Obe (Enugu State), Jan. 6, 2017 (NNN) The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Calistus Onaga, has enjoined Christians  to live exemplary Christ-like lives worthy of emulation.

Onaga made the call in a sermon on Sunday during the dedication of the newly built St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Obe in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The church was built by an illustrious son of Obe community, Chief Patrick Ngene.

Onaga, who was represented by the Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Rt. Rev. Ernest Obodo, said that Christians and their lifestyles remained the temple of God people see daily.

According to him, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Church is not the building, it is you. The physical church is where they cook the word of God like food.

The cleric noted that it was a rare privilege to build a physical church, adding that God denied David the opportunity to build a temple for Him and gave it to Solomon to build instead.

Onaga said: “That is, it is not man that builds the church for God; God himself builds His church.

“To Chief Emeka Ngene, the Lord had been so faithful to him and his family and as such, he had appreciated the awesome gift from the Most High by ensuring that members of St. Anthony Catholic Church had a roof over their heads while worshipping God.’’

The bishop lauded Ngene for building the ultra-modern church, noting that God would never forget those who invest in moving His work forward and winning souls for Him.

“I must also thank everyone who helped in the construction of the church, as this church ranks as the best in the entire Enugu Catholic Diocese,’’ he noted.

Speaking, the Parish Priest of the church, Very Rev. Fr. Godfrey Oleri, noted that he was fulfilled seeing the church building completed after a long stressful process.

“The person who sponsored the building fully, Ngene, and the person who built the pews (chairs) have done very well.

“We don’t have time to start saying about lots of things inside the church but they have done the work and it is now our duty to maintain the church. It is enormous and beautiful,” he said.

Ngene expressed happiness that the church had been dedicated, noting that he drew his inspiration to support the ministry of Jesus Christ from his late father.

“I said I will build for eternity and that is what I have done. It is not because I am the richest person around but I have thrown my pension into it and today, I can tell you that I have no regrets.

“So, I said instead of keeping this money, let me invest it the way I did. It is an investment, not for me but for generations to come,’’ Ngene said.

A mammoth crowd from the community witnessed the dedication and first service held in the new Church. (NNN)
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Archbishop wants children to be law abiding law

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Archbishop Alexander Ibezim of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anglican Communion, has called on children to be law abiding citizens  for the development of the society.

 

Ibezim made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Awka.

 

He said that the COVID-19 pandemic had limited the children from having their usual programmes in schools and social activities.

 

The cleric, however, urged children to always keep the law of the land no matter the situation.

 

He said that children should be well-monitored  by their parents, to prevent them from getting involved in criminal activities.

 

Ibezim advised parents and guardians to draw life-giving programmes for their children and wards at all times.

 

He said embracing such habits would make them become good and responsible citizens in the society.

 

He said that parents and guardians must inculcate the value of self-worth in their children and wards, to enable them know and be able to differentiate  what is either  wrong or right.

 

The clergyman advised parents to give proper attention to the social development of their children, urging governments at all levels to ensure that children of good characters were raised.

 

Ibezim called for collaboration by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), civil society groups, community and faith-based organisations, to ensure the rearing of responsible children in the country.

 

He urged human rights groups to continue to clamour against child trafficking and other forms of abuses now on the increase in the society.

 

The cleric attributed the high incidence of sexual exploitation of young girls by adults and trafficking of children for sex and labour to poor parenting.

 

Ibezim warned young girls, particularly those who had been admitted into the Girls’ Guild in the Anglican Communion, to desist from all forms of sexual immorality, fornication and prostitution.

 

He urged them to accept Jesus Christ and allow  the Holy Spirit to dwell in their lives.

 

Ibezim said that the 2020 Children’s Day and Anglican Children Ministry (ACM) Sunday,  held on May 31, was to remind children of their place in God’s Kingdom and the need for good parenting.

 

The theme of the 2020 Children’s Day was:“Promoting Girl-Child Education for Sustainable Development”.

 

According to him, the theme of the celebration shows that the church is serious on good parenting, especially,  of a girl-child.

 

“ The proper training of a girl-child is very important in our Communion because of the responsibility the girls are saddled with as mothers  in future.

 

“We hope our young girls are well-groomed, to train the society,” he said.

 

The archbishop advised parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards make the good use of the information and communication technology (ICT) devices in their possession.

 

“Mobile phones should be used for good intelligence and not evil scheming.”

 

 


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COVID-19: Catholic bishops appeal to bilateral and multilateral groups on economic recovery

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Catholic bishops in Africa under the aegis of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have  raised concerns on the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and appealed to bilateral and multilateral groups on fashioning out sustainable economic recovery measures .

This is contained in a statement signed by the president SECAM, Cardinal Philippe Quedraogo, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria .

SECAM is the continental body of all the Catholic bishops from the English, French and Portuguese speaking regions of Africa.

The bishops, in the statement, said that Africa was currently low on resources in the fight against the pandemic.

They said that the lack of safety kits for those working in the informal sector had caused them to suspend their activities due to the lockdown.

The catholic bishops in the statement, pleaded for the massive cancellation of debts of African countries to enable them revive their economies.

“Undoubtedly, initiatives have already been taken in the management of the impact of the pandemic but substantial aid needs to be given to some countries to support the establishment of quality health systems.

“Also, to promote the emergence of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) aimed at easing unemployment problem; and to support food security.

“Africa is a major supplier of raw materials to industrialized countries.

“Therefore, we call upon large companies which exploit these raw materials to make significant contributions to the host countries to enable them provide basic social services to citizens in need.

“Since a race is currently engaged in developed countries to find a remedy for COVID-19, business communities and pharmaceutical companies should not exploit the situation to make profit but join in efforts to care for the vulnerable,”  the statement said.

SECAM also called on the African Union to sensitize member countries on contributing to the creation of a Solidarity Fund, which could be used to improve the health of the populations.

“We urge African leaders to ensure that the limited available resources be used to assist those who really need help, especially, the poorest of the poor.

“Resources should not end in the pockets of the politically connected through corrupt practices.

“The church institutions directly involved in this fight should also remain steadfast and work with other non-religious institutions in the promotion of good heath for all people of Africa and Madagascar.”

It  reiterated in the statement that no country had been  spared from the ills of the pandemic, including developed countries where the health systems and facilities are known to be efficient.

In addition, the group said that the rate of spread was such that one could expect an explosion of cases of contamination in places where social distancing measures are difficult to adhere to.

“We have seen that in an effort to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19, most governments have adopted drastic measures such as the closure of borders and lockdowns

“In Africa, the measures have been more or less followed, but its application has been difficult for most people who struggle every day for survival by carrying out activities in the informal sector.

“Judging from its devastating effects, it can be said without doubt that the consequences of the pandemic are tragic.

“On the economic level, recession is evident due to the shutdown of activities, especially, in key production sectors, the tourism sector, air transport and the hotel industry.

“The social explosion is to be feared in many countries, and in particular, Africa that is already burdened with debt and where unemployment continues to impoverish the populations,” read the statement.

According to the bishops, for those in the grip of anguish, it is easy to believe that the pandemic is a punishment from God.

They said that even a sift through the scriptures revealed that God is the creator of the world and is not only in full control of creation, but also cannot turn against his own creation.

“Being created in the image and likeness of God implies that there is an imprint of God in each person and COVID-19 cannot separate anyone from the love of God.

“In these days of the pandemic, the Holy Spirit is working through frontline workers who are risking their lives to save others, including priests who are trying to help and support everyone.

“The tool we urgently need is prayer for God to deepen our faith and trust in him.

“Faith and prayer are equally part of Africa’s spiritual heritage, which can assist us to find meaning in life and they are similarly pillars for building “a civilization of love”.

“We appreciate the efforts that have been made by the respective governments to contain the brutal spread of the virus on the continent.

“We also thank all the health professionals and religious nuns who have shown extraordinary dedication to alleviating the suffering of the sick,” they said.

The bishops also called on Africans to reactivate the value of solidarity that had been shapong  societies to better face the impact of the pandemic and to be able to turn their  economies around.

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Covid-19: Catholic Bishop donates food items to 500 people in Plateau

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Most Rev Michael Gokum, the Catholic Bishop of Pankshin Diocese, has donated food items to 500 vulnerable families in Plateau to cushion the hardships occasioned by the advent of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

 

Presenting the items on Friday in Pankshin, Gokum said the gesture aimed at supporting the poor within his diocese to make a living as the world grapples with the pandemic.

 

He explained that the gesture was championed by the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), the social arm of the diocese

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Pankshin Catholic Diocese houses all the local government areas in the Central Senatorial Zone of Plateau.

 

 

The Bishop said the donation is one of the social functions of the church, adding that meeting the needs of the poor and less privileged ones in hard times is one of the cardinal duties of the Catholic Church.

 

Audu noted that the items would be distributed to identify poor people, devoid of religious or ethnic affiliations.

 

He further lamented that the advent of covid-19 has thrown the world into serious confusion and inflicted hardships on the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable ones.

 

“The whole world is in difficult times because of the novel coronavirus; the economic hardships occasioned by the advent of disease is biting, particularly on the poor.

 

“This is why the diocese, through its social arm, the JDPC, decided to support 500 vulnerable households in Plateau with some food items.

 

“We cannot give to all, and we don’t have everything to give, this is why we are giving the little we have in order to help these poor ones with something to earn a living.

 

“These items are not just for Catholics or Christians alone, but everybody deviod of religious beliefs and ethnicity. We don’t segregate in Catholic Church,” Gokum said.

 

 

The bishop called on spirited individuals and groups to compliment government’s efforts in providing succour to the poor in these difficult times.

 

He called on the people to pray for the end of the pandemic and advised Nigerians to obey government’s safety directives aimed at containing the spread of the dreaded disease.

 

Gokum thanked the management of JDPC for the initiative and urged them to do more for humanity’s sake

 

 

Earlier, Rev. Fr. Basil Kassam, Coordinator of JDPC in the diocese, said the gesture was supported by Mission 21, a Switzerland based NGO.

 

He explained that the beneficiaries were drawn from Bokkos, Mangu, Kanke, Kanam and Pankshin local government areas

 

NAN also reports that items distributed include bags of rice and beans.

Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

 

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Catholic Archbishop urges media practitioners to be agents of evangelisation

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The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most. Rev. Adewale Martins, on Sunday urged media practitioners to be agents of evangelisation through their news reporting.

The Archbishop made the call in his homily at a virtual Mass celebrated at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, to commemorate the 54th Anniversary of the World Communucation Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this year’s theme of the World Communication Sunday by His Holiness, Pope Francis is:  “The Value of Storytelling and its Importance in Shaping Lives’’.

Adewale said that stories had influence on people’s behaviour, adding that there was the need to find truth in the stories being disseminated.

According to him, there are stories that build people together and there are also stories that create division.

”In the stories that create division, there are news items that do not care about fact.

”It is in this face that the Holy Father calls us to isolate the truth that we hear and let it guide us.

”This truth also challenges media men and women to speak the truth that comes to them.

”So what we hear or watch in music, movies and news, influences our actions and inactions,” he said.

According to him, media practitioners should also be conscious of the influence their stories have on the role model people choose.

He said that media practitioners’ stories should direct people to the right model, just like the miracles of Jesus was designed to teach his followers to take care of the needs of people.

Adewale, however, charged journalists to see themselves as those the Lord had called upon to be agents of evangelisation, bringing people closer to God.

”Let it challenge us to bring new disposition of God to people.”

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COVID-19: Safety rules compliance, only way out- Methodist Archbishop  

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The Chairman of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Enugu State, Most Rev Christopher Edeh reiterates that observation of all precautionary measures against Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the only way to combat the virus.

Edeh, who is also the Archbishop of Methodist church, Enugu Diocese,  said this during a sensitization tagged ‘Wear Your Face Mask’ in Enugu on Sunday.

The cleric urged christian faithful to ensure they wore face masks and maintain physical distancing in public places including churches, markets, offices and other crowded places.

He also advised church leaders not to allow anyone enter worship places without masks, washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers.

According to him, coronavirus is real and the only way we can fight this evil scourge is by complying to all the hygiene protocols from the federal government and other relevant agencies.

”Please stay at home if you are not on essential duties, wear your face masks when leaving your house and maintain physical distancing as well as washing your hands all the time.

”It’s cheaper and safer to follow the rules than contracting the disease and spending all you have to save your life,” the archbishop said.

The cleric used the occasion to distribute face masks to some churches he visited including Central Methodist Church, Uwani, Baptist Church, New Haven and some Anglican churches in the metropolis.

The CCN comprises Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, Salvation Army, Presbyterian, Qua Iboe and United Evangelical churches.

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No pastor can predict end to Coronavirus — Bishop Bamidele

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Bishop Mike Bamidele, the General Overseer of Victory Chapel International Church, Osogbo, said no pastor could predict the end of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Bamidele declared this at a news conference to announce the 2020 Pentecost Day Celebration.

According to the Bishop, pastors who had earlier predicted the end to the virus but which did not come to pass, needs to check the spirit that they are operating with.

Bamidele said what could put an end to the virus was for people to seek God’s intervention and also to exercise faith in God.

“There is no specific date the virus will end but the day any man is healed by exercising faith in God, that is the day the virus will end.

“I do not know the kind of spirit those who predicted the end of the virus are operating with but for me, an end has come to the virus the day Jesus died on the cross,” the bishop said.

Bamidele, who noted that the virus was evil from hell, warned that nobody should blame God for it.

The cleric said the churches would continue to support government with prayers for an end to the virus, adding that government should be commended for their efforts so far in containing the spread of the disease.

Speaking on the Pencecost Day, the bishop, who is also the convener of the programme, said the programme would be held online and it would be aired live in all the radio stations in the state on June 1.

He said there would be prayer for those who were affected with the virus and all other diseases, adding that people would also be allowed to call in during the programme.

The bishop said the programme would hold between 10a.m. and 3p.m. with pastors from other states in attendance.

The cleric added that the people would be empowered supernaturally during the programme for breakthroughs in all areas of their lives.

Bamidele, however, said the Pencecost Day should be declared as public holiday by Osun State Government and the United Nations.

He noted that if the state government could declare a public holiday for Muslims to celebrate Hijrah and for traditional worshippers, the same should be declared for Christians to celebrate Pentecost.

Bamidele said since the Pencecost Day was the 50 days after Jesus resurrection, it should be declared as a public holiday for the sake of fairness and justice.

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COVID-19: Archbishop Martins urges FG to encourage herbal cure  

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Archbishop Alfred Adewale  Martins  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has  appealed to the Federal Government to allow traditional medicine practitioners use local herbs and  roots to cure  Coronavirus  pandemic currently ravaging the world.

Martins made the appeal during a news conference held  at the Holy Cross Cathedral hall  in  Lagos on Wednesday, ahead of the  commemoration of the forthcoming  54th World Communications Day.

He said that traditional herbal medicines had their  own healing effects, pleading with  the government to give credence to  their producers  for them to use the products as  cure for the virus.

“Herbal medicine  has its healing effect and I think it is important  that government gives local practitioners and researchers opportunities  to research into  the use of  our local  herbal roots  and come up with remedies from them  for this Coronavirus pandemic.

“We have heard  these  local remedies curing different types of diseases  before, and it is only appropriate that they are given a chance to prove their efficacy at this point in time.

“We understand that there is the need for test and validation of local herbs. Madagascar has developed its own  and was embraced by the Federal Government.

“That has created the urgency for our government to pay attention to the development and promotion of our own indigenous herbal products and  remedies offered by others that will lead to an  end  toCOVID-19 pandemic in our country  ,” he said.

He said that it was a great concern that the numbers of infected people were increasing daily, adding that it was a measure of relief to some extent that people were submitting themselves for test.

“This is an indication that more people are being  tested  for coronavirus which means that those who have the virus are being identified and treated.

“This is a sign of hope and by the grace of God, we shall see the end of this pandemic,” he said.

He also appealed to the government to do everything necessary for the people to continue to receive palliatives at this critical period.

He said that  people were not earning as much now as they used to earn before the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.

The archbishop speaking on  the forthcoming 54th World Communications Day, said that the words of Pope Francis were  very important, adding that it was also relevant to the current happening all over the world.

According to him,  the pope says we need to make our own, the truth contained in good stories.

“Stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength needed to move forward together.

“Amid the cacophony of voices and messages that surround us, we need a human story that can speak of ourselves and of the beauty all around us.

“A narrative that can regard our world and its happenings with a tender gaze.

“A narrative that can tell us that we are part of a living and interconnected tapestry.

“A narrative that can reveal the interweaving of the threads which connect us to one another,” the pope was quoted by the Archbishop as saying.

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Disease control bill will negate rights of citizens – Archbishop

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Archbishop Samson Benjamin, the General Overseer for Resurrection Praise Ministry for Africa Worldwide, on Saturday said the proposed Disease Control Bill would negate the rights of Nigerians.

Benjamin told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that he was totally opposed to the Bill which seeks to promulgate  the vaccine.

“I am also absolutely against the vaccine that wants to be introduced into Africa from abroad. I do not believe it is best for us and we will resist it.

“Some of us resisted the Disease Control Bill that was brought to the House of Representatives because it took away all your right as an individual.

“The Quarantine Law of 2004 gives you a Civil Right and your Human Right, but the Bill takes away such rights and gives the power solely to the government,” he said.

Benjamin however thanked the House for listening to the cries of the masses and putting the Bill aside until it is properly scrutinised and ensures safety of health.

On COVID-19, he said that social gatherings, events and parties should still be on hold until we began to see a drop in the rising figure daily.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned with prediction in a few weeks from now, Africa will become the epicentre of the virus and they predict about 300,000 deaths occurring.

“I would urge our leaders to have a rethink and reconsider their ways of beating this virus instead of calling for religious gathering.

“One very good way of reaching out to our followers for spiritual edification is to utilise the internet to continue to propagate the Word of God,” he said.

The archbishop advised that the kits brought from China be tested for efficacy before they are given out for public use.

“The economy of the world has been affected by this pandemic, however, every economy can be revived but dead lives cannot be revived.

“Africa should not be bothering about the economy for now, but focus more on trying to save as many lives as possible through public education and sensitisation campaigns.

“We are getting it wrong if we focus solely on the economic implication rather than the mortality rate, because it is the people that will revive the economy and not the other way round,” he said.

Besides, Benjamin urged the government to put to good use all the donations and contributions that have been given to us by international bodies.

“We are in a serious situation in our country regarding the virus and the government can not handle it alone therefore I call for support for the government.

“I also urge people to live appropriately  and obey the government directives at all time in order to prevent the spread of the virus and prevent another lockdown,” the clergyman added.

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COVID-19: Catholic Bishops offer 425 clinics as isolation centres

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF), has advised State governments to set up isolation centres with a minimum of 300 beds in their states, to strengthen the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the PTF, made the call on Monday in Abuja, at the PTF daily briefing on COVID-19 in the country.

Mustapha said that the isolation centres should include wards and Intenesive Care Units (ICUs).

“This will help accommodate levels one and two cases. However, with the increase in numbers, we are beginning to experience a shortage of bed spaces in the isolation centres, especially in the high-burden areas.

“We are conscious of the need to take care of different categories of persons like those living with disabilities, terminal conditions and other underlying factors co-morbidities,” he said.

Mustapha disclosed that the Catholic Bishops have volunteered over 400 of their clinics across the country as isolation centres.

“Catholic Bishops Conference has volunteered all the 425 hospitals and clinics nationwide for adaptation and use as isolation centres.

“Governors are encouraged to please approach Catholic Bishops in their states to access these facilities,” he added.

The PTF chairman said that contracting COVID-19 is not a death sentence but disregarding the guidelines for its avoidance, as guided by experts, is a costly self-voyage.

“Unfortunately, such choices cannot be made by individuals; it has to be collective and we are all resolute in stamping this scourge out of Nigeria,” he noted.

He appealed to Nigerians to continue to comply with all guidelines.

“You must take personal responsibility for your actions,” he declared.

Mustapha, who noted that May 10 marked the end of the first week in the ease of restriction phase, reminded Nigerians that they were still in Phase One of the three-pronged fortnightly strategy.

“The completion of the first week has provided the PTF COVID-19 an opportunity for a mid-phase review of the impact of the guidelines put in place to drive our National Response.

“I am also sure that Nigerians have equally focused on the pandemic and have done their assessment of progress made, especially as it relates to compliance,’’ he stressed.

He said that one gratifying outcome of the assessment that the PTF had undertaken as stakeholders was the convergence of thoughts on the level of compliance with the guidelines and how individual and collective responses could improve or jeopardise the ability to contain the virus.

“During the first week, the country generally witnessed increased number of positive cases. This is attributable to our expanded capacity for testing with the opening up of more testing centres and laboratories.

“As at today, there are 23 laboratories nationwide, including private laboratories; we shall continue to engage with more private laboratories,” he explained.

He said that the PTF had continued to review the relevant policy and protocols so that actions and decisions would be most effective.

“We are working toward taking COVID-19 positive cases out of circulation to avoid the spread of the virus.

“We have recognised a significant role for community ownership, guidance, acceptance and implementation and the PTF will introduce appropriate inclusive policies in the coming weeks.

You will all be apprised of developments on this in due course,” he said.

As a further cost-effective measure, he reminded sub-national authorities that the Nigeria Institute of Architects had pledged to provide free services targeted at modifying, designing and supervising all COVID-19 related projects nationwide.

“We urge that this offer be taken up speedily,’’ he urged.

He, however, said that the PTF had also continued to receive, rather sadly, reports about challenges facing the frontline health workers.

“They have received threat to lives, experienced detention by patients they are actually nursing to health and suffered other forms of harassment.

“Let me underscore the fact that these frontline workers constantly put their lives on the line to make sure persons infected are provided with the best care possible to enable them become healthy citizens again.

“It is therefore inhuman and unacceptable that patients engage in acts of locking them up and making demands that these frontline officers, most of the time, do not have the capacity to address,” he said.

Mustapha stressed that the PTF on COVID-19 views such behaviour as reprehensible and should be deprecated while calling on all state governments to take that up appropriately.

He said that on the overall, the PTF was identifying and assessing all low to medium and high burden areas with a view to assessing and modifying their strategy.

This, he said, would involve drilling down from all tiers of government to community level.

“This mention serves as a notice to traditional religious and community leaders to brace up for deeper involvement as we develop the protocols to strengthen community ownership in the National Response.

“While we continue to work on all options, the PTF wishes to repeat the dangers inherent in lack of compliance with guidelines issued.

“We must always remind Nigerians that Mr President took a painful and difficult decision to ease the restrictions by approving revised measures that will maintain a balance between the safety of Nigerians and some level of economic activities.

“The main goal is to sustain means of livelihood, especially for the poor and vulnerable who depend on daily means of subsistence,” he said.

He warned Nigerians against seeing the ease in restriction of movement as an excuse to lead the lives they were used to, pre-COVID-19 days.

“I wish to reiterate that the world today has completely changed from what we used to know and if we want to continue living the old ways, the cost will be enormous.’’

He disclosed that the PTF would soon inaugurate the Thisday Dome treatment and isolation facility, adding that it would add 270 beds to the isolation capacity in Abuja.

“This is a private sector-driven initiative and we commend the efforts of ThisDay, NNPC, Sahara and its partners,” he said.

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