NOA Takes Security and Health Awareness Campaign to Market Women, calls for Environmental Cleanliness In Market Places.
By Festus Fifen.
In continuation of its awareness campaign to sensitize stakeholders and the public on security consciousness and the precautionary measure to take against the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria, the National orientation Agency NOA has taken the campaign to market men and women in Abuja. Speaking at the event in the Garki Model Market Abuja the Director General National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri said that this is one of the ways to ensure that the message gets to the grassroot. In his words, ” we are discussing we are talking about Ebola and security awareness in the market, we currently have a workplace orientation programme going on, we will continue doing this until we see that the message has gone round and it’s understood by almost everyone, we will go to cattle rearers, farmers, schools and to communities as far as we can.” He noted. On the case of the Nurse that ran from Lagos to Enugu, Omeri said that the movement of dead bodies without approval by the government has been prohibited henceforth. Stating clearly that the Nurse and those she had contact with have been moved to Lagos for observation. He therefore called on all Nigerians to maintain high level of hygiene and environmental cautiousness. The President General Market women Association Mrs. Felicia Sanni urged the women to be security and health conscious in their day to day activities in the market, she also called on the Government to restore sanitary inspectors to the markets and neighborhood. ” this women that are hear are drawn from all the 62 political wards from the FCT, they are here to be trained so as to train others when they go back to their various homes and markets around the FCT, as for cleanliness, we have put in place fines and penalties for whoever fails to maintain their surroundings in the market”. She used the medium to call on the government to restore the old sanitary inspection officer who go from house to house to check the level of compliance of people in terms of keeping their environment clean. The one day workshop featured security talks by the Force Public Relations Officer ACP Frank Mba, spokesperson of the department of State Security Marilyn Ogar and health talk by Dr. Olufemi Ayoola and the distribution of awareness flyers in different languages.