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Coronavirus Lockdown: Delta State Civil Society Community Hails Gov Okowa On Covid-19, Lauds Deltans, Demands Protection Of Human Rights

Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria.

 

We the Delta State Civil Society Community as actors on the front lines in response to the current unprecedented threat to humanity by the devastating global pandemic known as Corona Virus (COVID – 19), find it imperative to partner with His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and the Delta State Government in advancing its concerted efforts and decisive actions in combating this catastrophic scourge on mankind.

The Delta Civil Society Community working in tandem with the United Nations (UN) expectations of us as the conscientious live wire, bastions and custodians of society is collaborating with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Civic Engagement and Civil Society being held by Activist Rex Anighoro to initiate the ‘Civil Society ACTION on COVID-19.

At the inaugural online meeting of the
Delta State Civil Society Community held on Friday the 3rd of April, 2020, the following resolution were reached.

We the Delta State Civil Society Community;

1. Lauded Deltans and non-Deltans residing in the State for their uncommon courage and resilience in complying with the “sit at home” order by the Delta State Government.

2. Commended the Executive Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and the Delta State Government for pro-actively putting in place the United Nations recommended measures to combat and decollate Corona virus, (COVID-19) the invisible deadly virus that respects no borders, attacking society, claiming lives and peoples livelihood.

3. Noted very significantly the State Government’s implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) comprehensive package of measures of find, test, isolate and treat every case, and trace every contact.

Worthy of mention also, is the Delta State Government’s aggressive public awareness campaign, early establishment and equipping of isolation centres, training of dedicated health workers across the State on COVID – 19 preparedness and case management, fumigation of public places, timely closure of State borders as well as the “sit at home ” order regardless of its shattering Social – Economic consequence on the State.

It is impressive that all these were achieved despite no case been recorded in the State.

4. Called for increased Civil Society and private sector participation and partnership with the Delta State Government in containing and preventing the COVID -19 pandemic in the State.

5. Admonished Deltans and non – Deltans to continue to be law abiding and comply with safety protocols as presented to public by the
Delta State Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

6. Demanded for the respect of Human Rights of all Deltans by Government Officials, Security Agencies and such persons acting on their behalf and alongside with them.

7. Vehemently reject extra – judicial killings, extortions, intimidations, molestations, gender abuse on citizens as well as alleged corrupt practices of Security Agents at the State borders who are accused of collecting bribes to flout the border closure orders of the State Government.

A committee of the Delta State Civil Society Community has been mandated to investigate alleged human rights abuses and extra – judicial killings of Deltans in the State.

The Delta State Civil Society Community will not tolerate human right abuses and extra – judicial killings of Deltans.

8. Will with immediate effect set up in each Senatorial District ‘ACTION’ teams to monitor the COVID – 19 stay at home enforcements alongside security agencies and government officials to ensure compliance with citizens human rights.

The ‘ACTION’ teams will also monitor the prices of commodities and alleged exploitations of traders in the make shift markets by Government Officials who are said to be demanding so much money from the traders before they can trade.

9. Request the Delta State Government to provide welfare palliatives to Deltans and create food banks across the State to support the less privileged and vulnerable in our State to cushion the effect of the lockdown.

10. Call on Government, Security Agencies and Community vigilantes to intensify efforts in combating crime as people stay at home. Many cases of home robberies and sexual assault are been daily reported on social media.

11. Will intensify awareness creation and sensitization on COVID – 19 as well as continually educate communities on precautionary measures and ‘Healthy at Home’ WHO mandate across the State through social media and grassroot community outreaches. Family cohesion and good neighborliness awareness will be intensified.

12. Call for the decongestion of prisons and close monitoring of persons living in congested areas as well sharing overstretched toilets and bathrooms.

In conclusion the Delta Civil Society Community call for common solidarity of all stakeholders in halting public incitements and civil disobedience as well as the peddling of fake news on the corona virus (COVID – 19). This is an infodemic with dire consequence as the pandemic itself.

Collective responsibility to the promotion of peace and security across the State throughout the COVID – 19 pandemic lock down is a sacred duty for us all.

Together, we will surmount the pandemic and the sustainable development programmes of Delta State will be realized.

Signed by:

1. Mr Sylvester Itimi, National Secretary, Civil Society Advance Forum on Sustainable Development (CAS2030)

2. Deacon Okezi Odugala, Executive Director, Eziodu Initiative for Sustainable Environmental Development (EISED) and Coordinator, Forum of Delta State NGOs

3. Barr. Duncan Afahokor
Convener, Advocacy Watch

4. Activist Atakurhievwe Edmund, State Coordinator
Niger Delta People Salvation Front (NDPSF)

5. Comrade Fred Akpewe, Coordinator, Campaign for Good Governance and Coalition of NGOs, CSOs and Ex-Agitators in Delta State

6. Mrs Jemima Anighoro, Secretary Alliance for Social Justice and Human Rights (ASJHR)

7. Chief Monday Itoghor, CEO, Environmental and Rural Mediation Centre (ENVIRUMEDIC)

8. Dr. Ejiro Esiekpe, Program Director, Noble Delta Women for Peace and Development

9. Amb.(Dr) Eris Jewo, Executive Director Working Fingers Int’l,Coordinator, Civil Society Organization for HIV/AID(CISHAN) Initiator,Association Against Child Sexual and Gender Violence

10. Mrs Oyovwe Ejiroghene
Coordinator, Delta State Civil Society Volunteers (DCSV)

11. Dr Andrew Agboro, Delta State Civil Society Organization for Good Governance

12. Comrade Venture Daniels Evwehanmhre, Coordinator, Director, Advocates of the Global Goals (AGG)

13.Chief Gregg Osamenjor, Executive Director,Initiative for Cultural Heritage

14. Mrs Tobele.O.Joy, Director, lnitiative for Peace and Stability(IPAS)

15.Mr.Julius Olumukoro, Director,Make Your Life Count,Member, Delta State Task Force on Human Trafficking

16. Activist Ughere R.O.Blessed,
Director, Human Right and Good Governance Initiative (HRAGGI) and OSU RE IGHELLE of URHOBO Nation, President General, Urhobo Mudiaga Movement(UMM) Worldwide,

17. Leftist Terry Ajagbawa, Coordinator, Delta Civil Society Organizations (DELSCO)

18. Miss Nzelu Suzzygold Ugochi, Founder,White Angel Foundation

19. Comrade Williams Asama
Programs Director, Pan African Movement for Peace, Human Rights and Social Change (PAMPHRSC)

20.Mrs Tonbra Kasikoro-Kilopirite, Executive Director Women Initiative for Values Empowerment & Sustainability International(WIVES Int’l)

21. Amb. Sunny Irakpo,
Founder/President, Silec Initiatives

22. Mrs Ayo Okotie, Neferok Development Initiative

23. Comrade David Odeareduo, Program Manager,Environment Protection Promoter Initiative (EPPI)

24. Comrade Egbe.O. Ambrose, National Secretary, Defender of Citizens Common Cause.

25. Mrs Oghale Chukwuma Project Specialist, Agribusiness and Member Project Management Professionals

26. Mrs Martha Onose
Community Empowerment and Development Initiative

27.Comrade, Sir. Best Brume,Executive Director,Integrity Without Borders

28. Mrs Faith John Onyenenue,
Coordinator, Conscience of Society and Out of Street Campaign

29. Comrade Okonta Emeka Okelum
State Lead, Connected Development -Delta State Chapter and Convener-GoDev Coalition Nigeria

30. Mike Egbune, Esq. Delta State Coordinator, Joint Legal Action Aids (JLAA).

31. Akpederin Kingsley Ehensiri Esq., People Alliance and General Secretary, the Okpe Union.

32. Comrade Isiakpere Hope Jasper
Founder/Executive Director,
Youth Initiative for Development and Accountability (YIDA)

33. Comrade Victor Bieni
Delta Cultural Initiative (DCI)

 

Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria.

We the Delta State Civil Society Community as actors on the front lines in response to the current unprecedented threat to humanity by the devastating global pandemic known as Corona Virus (COVID – 19), find it imperative to partner with His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and the Delta State Government in advancing its concerted efforts and decisive actions in combating this catastrophic scourge on mankind.

The Delta Civil Society Community working in tandem with the United Nations (UN) expectations of us as the conscientious live wire, bastions and custodians of society is collaborating with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Delta State Governor on Civic Engagement and Civil Society being held by Activist Rex Anighoro to initiate the ‘Civil Society ACTION on COVID -19’.

At the inaugural online meeting of the
Delta State Civil Society Community held on Friday the 3rd of April, 2020, the following resolution were reached.

We the Delta State Civil Society Community;

1. Lauded Deltans and non – Deltans residing in the State for their uncommon courage and resilience in complying with the “sit at home” order by the Delta State Government.

2. Commended the Executive Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and the Delta State Government for proactively putting in place the United Nations recommended measures to combat and decollate Corona virus, (COVID – 19) the invisible deadly virus that respects no borders, attacking society, claiming lives and peoples livelihood.

3. Noted very significantly the State Government’s implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) comprehensive package of measures of find, test, isolate and treat every case, and trace every contact.

Worthy of mention also, is the Delta State Government’s aggressive public awareness campaign, early establishment and equipping of isolation centres, training of dedicated health workers across the State on COVID – 19 preparedness and case management, fumigation of public places, timely closure of State borders as well as the “sit at home ” order regardless of its shattering Social – Economic consequence on the State.

It is impressive that all these were achieved despite no case been recorded in the State.

4. Called for increased Civil Society and private sector participation and partnership with the Delta State Government in containing and preventing the COVID -19 pandemic in the State.

5. Admonished Deltans and non – Deltans to continue to be law abiding and comply with safety protocols as presented to public by the
Delta State Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

6. Demanded for the respect of Human Rights of all Deltans by Government Officials, Security Agencies and such persons acting on their behalf and alongside with them.

7. Vehemently reject extra – judicial killings, extortions, intimidations, molestations, gender abuse on citizens as well as alleged corrupt practices of Security Agents at the State borders who are accused of collecting bribes to flout the border closure orders of the State Government.

A committee of the Delta State Civil Society Community has been mandated to investigate alleged human rights abuses and extra – judicial killings of Deltans in the State.

The Delta State Civil Society Community will not tolerate human right abuses and extra – judicial killings of Deltans.

8. Will with immediate effect set up in each Senatorial District ‘ACTION’ teams to monitor the COVID – 19 stay at home enforcements alongside security agencies and government officials to ensure compliance with citizens human rights.

The ‘ACTION’ teams will also monitor the prices of commodities and alleged exploitations of traders in the make shift markets by Government Officials who are said to be demanding so much money from the traders before they can trade.

9. Request the Delta State Government to provide welfare palliatives to Deltans and create food banks across the State to support the less privileged and vulnerable in our State to cushion the effect of the lockdown.

10. Call on Government, Security Agencies and Community vigilantes to intensify efforts in combating crime as people stay at home. Many cases of home robberies and sexual assault are been daily reported on social media.

11. Will intensify awareness creation and sensitization on COVID – 19 as well as continually educate communities on precautionary measures and ‘Healthy at Home’ WHO mandate across the State through social media and grassroot community outreaches. Family cohesion and good neighborliness awareness will be intensified.

12. Call for the decongestion of prisons and close monitoring of persons living in congested areas as well sharing overstretched toilets and bathrooms.

In conclusion the Delta Civil Society Community call for common solidarity of all stakeholders in halting public incitements and civil disobedience as well as the peddling of fake news on the corona virus (COVID – 19). This is an infodemic with dire consequence as the pandemic itself.

Collective responsibility to the promotion of peace and security across the State throughout the COVID – 19 pandemic lock down is a sacred duty for us all.

Together, we will surmount the pandemic and the sustainable development programmes of Delta State will be realized.

Signed By:

1. Mr Sylvester Itimi, National Secretary, Civil Society Advance Forum on Sustainable Development (CAS2030)

2. Deacon Okezi Odugala, Executive Director, Eziodu Initiative for Sustainable Environmental Development (EISED) and Coordinator, Forum of Delta State NGOs

3. Barr. Duncan Afahokor
Convener, Advocacy Watch

4. Activist Atakurhievwe Edmund, State Coordinator
Niger Delta People Salvation Front (NDPSF)

5. Comrade Fred Akpewe, Coordinator, Campaign for Good Governance and Coalition of NGOs, CSOs and Ex-Agitators in Delta State

6. Mrs Jemima Anighoro, Secretary Alliance for Social Justice and Human Rights (ASJHR)

7. Chief Monday Itoghor, CEO, Environmental and Rural Mediation Centre (ENVIRUMEDIC)

8. Dr. Ejiro Esiekpe, Program Director, Noble Delta Women for Peace and Development

9. Amb.(Dr) Eris Jewo, Executive Director Working Fingers Int’l,Coordinator, Civil Society Organization for HIV/AID(CISHAN) Initiator,Association Against Child Sexual and Gender Violence

10. Mrs Oyovwe Ejiroghene
Coordinator, Delta State Civil Society Volunteers (DCSV)

11. Dr Andrew Agboro, Delta State Civil Society Organization for Good Governance

12. Comrade Venture Daniels Evwehanmhre, Coordinator, Director, Advocates of the Global Goals (AGG)

13.Chief Gregg Osamenjor, Executive Director,Initiative for Cultural Heritage

14. Mrs Tobele.O.Joy, Director, lnitiative for Peace and Stability(IPAS)

15.Mr.Julius Olumukoro, Director,Make Your Life Count,Member, Delta State Task Force on Human Trafficking

16. Activist Ughere R.O.Blessed,
Director, Human Right and Good Governance Initiative (HRAGGI) and OSU RE IGHELLE of URHOBO Nation, President General, Urhobo Mudiaga Movement(UMM) Worldwide,

17. Leftist Terry Ajagbawa, Coordinator, Delta Civil Society Organizations (DELSCO)

18. Miss Nzelu Suzzygold Ugochi, Founder,White Angel Foundation

19. Comrade Williams Asama
Programs Director, Pan African Movement for Peace, Human Rights and Social Change (PAMPHRSC)

20.Mrs Tonbra Kasikoro-Kilopirite, Executive Director Women Initiative for Values Empowerment & Sustainability International(WIVES Int’l)

21. Amb. Sunny Irakpo,
Founder/President, Silec Initiatives

22. Mrs Ayo Okotie, Neferok Development Initiative

23. Comrade David Odeareduo, Program Manager,Environment Protection Promoter Initiative (EPPI)

24. Comrade Egbe.O. Ambrose, National Secretary, Defender of Citizens Common Cause.

25. Mrs Oghale Chukwuma Project Specialist, Agribusiness and Member Project Management Professionals

26. Mrs Martha Onose
Community Empowerment and Development Initiative

27.Comrade, Sir. Best Brume,Executive Director,Integrity Without Borders

28. Mrs Faith John Onyenenue,
Coordinator, Conscience of Society and Out of Street Campaign

29. Comrade Okonta Emeka Okelum
State Lead, Connected Development -Delta State Chapter and Convener-GoDev Coalition Nigeria

30. Mike Egbune, Esq. Delta State Coordinator, Joint Legal Action Aids (JLAA).

31. Akpederin Kingsley Ehensiri Esq., People Alliance and General Secretary, the Okpe Union.

32. Comrade Isiakpere Hope Jasper
Founder/Executive Director,
Youth Initiative for Development and Accountability (YIDA)

33. Comrade Victor Bieni
Delta Cultural Initiative (DCI)

34. Comrade (Amb) Gilor A. Kelly    President Delta Youth Assembly (DYA)

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