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Covid-19: Youth group distributes sanitisers to Okada riders in Kogi

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A socio-political group, Kogi Youth Peace Advocate (KYPA), has distributed sanitisers and medical consumables worth N800,000 to commercial motorcyclists and tricycle operators in Lokoja to curtail the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

The Director-General and Founder of the group, Abdullai Ahmed-Rufai, who disclosed this on Monday in Lokoja, while speaking with newsmen shortly after the distribution exercise, said that the COVID-19 pandemic was real.

While saying that all hands must be on the deck to stop its spread in the society, Ahmed-Rufai added that the group targeted the commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators because they were virile and potential spread agents.

He said that a survey carried out in Lokoja, the state capital, revealed that most Okada and tricycle operators plying the roads hardly observed the personal hygiene and sanitising directives, as they lacked the items, thus endangering their lives and those of their passengers.

Ahmed-Rufai said that the group, in order to complement government’s efforts to curtail the spread of the pandemic, had engaged in the distribution of sanitisers and other medical consumables to the operators in the battle against the rampaging global disease.

“Okada and Keke NAPEP operators, in any society, take care of the middle and lower class in the society in terms of transportation needs.

“The spread of Coronavirus cannot be effective if this vital sector is neglected.

“We saw that lacuna in the sector in the rampaging global COVID-19 battle and that is why our group moved in to assist, to stop the spread of the disease through that sector,” he said.

Ahmed-Rufai said that the group had been on the streets of Lokoja for two days (Sunday and Monday), distributing hand sanitisers to the operators, adding that they would continue the exercise as soon as more funds were sourced from interest groups.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that KYPA, with membership from the three senatorial districts of the state, had been in the forefront of campaign against cultism, violence extremism and drug abuse among youths in Kogi.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro and
(NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq