Covid 19: Nigeria Should be Made, Not Marred , Says AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Boss

March 28 05:00 2020

The world is gradually on lockdown to raging fire of a virus that is a
global pandemic,as Nigerians, let us once again prove our uniqueness as a people by
coming up with safe and productive solutions that can sustain us
beyond its reign and further elevate our status as a nation of global
relevance after it is confined into our past.

This appeal  was made by Princess Gloria Akobundu,  National
Coordinator/Chief Executive  Officer,  African Union Development
Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development/African Peer Review
Mechanism( AUDA-NEPAD/APRM),Nigeria to the general public in her solidarity message on the
ongoing global phenomenon of Corona Virus Disease 2019, dubbed COVID

According  to Akobundu,   the appeal become necessary so that
Nigerians will continue  to work alongside with governments in order
to ensure that, gradual lockdowns in the bid to stop the spread of
COVID-19 do not slide the nation into famine or redundancy.

“Without compromising any advice on social distancing and other safety
measures, let us come up with good and affordable alternatives to our
imported daily consumptions and supplements.

“The  Federal Government, led by President  Muhammadu Buhari
forthrightly,  has been campaigning and supporting local productions
“that we should eat what we produce”, hence, its aggressive commitment
to food sufficiency through loans and other relief packages to farmers and players in other sectors of the economy,” she said.

Akobundu noted that FG’s policies on economic self-reliance  before
COVID 19 outbreak were in tandem with AUDA programmes like
Comprehensive Agriculture Development Programme,CAADP; African
Medicines Regulatory Harmonization, AMRH; Agriculture and Food
Insecurity Risk Management (AFIRM), Fish Governance and Trade, Food
and Nutrition Security, Climate Smart Agriculture, Grow Africa among

She also observed that in the bid to contain the spread within their
nations, COVID 19 has led to significant downward shift towards
Bilateral and multilateral relations, transportation of humans and
materials, leading to scarcity  of drugs, disinfectants and protective

The National Coordinator therefore called on pharmacists and
technicians to strictly adhere to safety in their bid to stand in the
gap for the manufacturing of indigenous solutions to shortage of
disinfectants and protective tools.

“No better time for our local industries to thrive than now when all
borders(land, water and air) are shutdown to keep Corona Virus-19
(COVID-19) at bay, due to confirmation that almost all  identified
cases have travel history traced to foreign countries.

“Despite our fledging status technology-wise, our agricultural produce are
highly good for consumption even as they are being processed with over
90 percent Indigenous Knowledge (IK).
“Let our pharmacists role up their sleeves and  come up with safe
ideas that can end the virus and similar health challenges while
others invent technologies that are capable of increasing agricultural
yields and other products, without negative implication to health and
social wellbeing,” she added.

On daily increase of COVID 19 patients in the Country,  Akobundu
called for vigilance and adherence to safety precautionary measures by
all and sundry, while wishing the patients God’s speed and positive
response to available treatments, saying the nation had been handling
the virus adequately.

The CEO concluded by reiterating the need for public maximum
cooperation with field officers and other stakeholders when the agency
begins Second Cycle Review of the Nation, saying their patriotic
advice were required by the Federal government to further develop the

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