Sunday, 10 May 2020

Red Cross calls for creation of Humanitarian/Disaster Mgt Min in 36 states

Ukpa Ewa | 10th May 2020

As the scourging effect of the raving COVID-19 Pandemic continues to hit hard on world economy, with Nigeria experiencing its own fair share of such attack, the Anambra State Chapter of The Nigerian Red Cross Society has called on the President Muhamadu Buhari's led adminstration to as a matter of urgency direct the creation of states 
Ministries of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the 36 states of the Federation and FCT".

Addressing Journalist on the  commemoration of the World Red Cross Day on Friday 8  May 2020 in Awka, the State Chairman Prof. Peter Emeka Kathy who noted with concern the current trend in the spread of COVID-19 virus pandemic, also called on affluent citizens and corporate organisations to provide palliative to Nigerians and earn a Heroric name for themselves. 

He stated that the organization  was strategically appraising and evaluating  the vintage roles of donors, volunteers, front line health workers and health care providers in cautioning the effect of the pandemic. 

Outlining the objectives of the organization, Prof. Katchy, in his speech  called on government at local, state and federal levels to be more prepared for  disaster response and management  to be able to curb the spread of the virus. 

"Sequel to careful analysis of the excruciating hardship meted on Nigerians by the Coronavirus global pandemic and decimation of the people,  it became pertinent that the federal government as a matter of urgency direct for the establishment of state ministries of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development in the 36 states of the federation and FCT".

 "All disaster management materials,  equipments and machines should  be extended  to all states of the federation  to alleviate the hardship of the most vulnerable ".

Similar,   the Vice Chairman Anambra Red Cross Barrister  Ngozi Azekwu in her remarks commiserated with victims of COVID-19 fatality.

" With heavy hearts,  sorrow  and tears,  we mourn the victims  of COVID-19 in Nigeria  and all over the world.  It is a massive  holocaust  and terrible  loss caused by the dreaded pandemic ".

World red cross day is celebrated  every year on 8 May to mark the birth  anniversary  of its founder Jean Henry Dunant and more so,  draw attention to the  humanitarian activities carried out by the red cross and its affiliate members.