By Yunusa Abdullahi
22nd, September, 2020
The State Ministry of Information and Strategy is to Partner with the UNICEF in the area of public enlightenment and advocacy to the rural villages on Coronavirus Pandemic in Adamawa State.
The Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Information and Strategy, Comrade Umar Garba Pella who revealed this when he granted in audience the Representative of the UNICEF Chief of field office Bauchi Mr. Bhanu Pathak who paid him a courtesy visit at his office recently.
The Information Commissioner assured NICEF delegation that the Ministry will continue to support UNICEF with the state owned media outfits in order to discharge it's responsibility effectively.
Comrade Pella expressed that majority of the people at the grassroots needs to be sensitised on the strick adherence of Covid -19 safety protocols that includes wearing a face mask ,social distancing and hand washing among others.
He also stressed that the Ministry of Information will do everything possible to support UNICEF to achieve its mandate by strategising on massive campaign on Coronavirus Pandemic in Adamawa State , adding that the Coronavirus is real.
While appreciating the efforts of UNICEF on its responsibility, the Honourable Commissioner however said that UNICEF had an important role by kicking out poliomyelitis in Nigeria, stressing that the fight against Coronavirus at the grassroot is timely inview of the effects and dangers related to Covid -19 Pandemic .
Earlier, the UNICEF representative Chief field office Bauchi, Mr Bhanu Pathak had told the Information Commissioner that the delegation was in his office to seek collaboration with the ministry in the areas of public enlightenment and awareness on Covid -19 Pandemic at the rural villages and commended the state government over the steps being taken in ensuring that people have known the effects and dangers of the dreaded disease.
Mr. Bhanu Pathak then called on the citizens to continue to adhere strickly the covid -19 protocols by wearing face mask, social distancing and regular hand washing in order to save the Covid-19 disease which he discredited as the basic prevention measures in containing Coronavirus among the people in the society.
He however lamented that markets and other crowded places are the main target areas of UNICEF to be sensitised so as to reduce the risk of escalation of the disease.