From Umar Dankano, Yola.
In an effort to provide real time public safety and security information to Nigerians , the CLEEN Foundation has launched the COVID 19 public safety support virtual centre(COVID-PSSC).
The Foundation via a press release issued Yesterday (Wednesday)stressed that specifically,the electronic platform using Tella Application will deployed for reporting compliance by citizens of government directives and rights violations by security personnel.
In the release signed by the Executive Director of the Foundation,Benson Olugbuo ,it was stated that state Coordinators and volunteers of the COVID 19 Nigeria Security Support Group (CNSSG) will report conditions and needs of vulnerable groups and communities in the society to aid health and security officials and other critical stakeholders in responding effectively to the management of COVID 19 pandamic and related issues in the country.
“We commend the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for its timely dissemination of useful information and indeed numerous corporate organisations and individuals who have contributed funds and other resources to fight COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“However,we are very concerned with reports showing some police personnel destroying businesses of some citizens around the Ikorodu axis of Lagos state who flouted the government’s directives on COVID-19 in the state.
“We call on personnel of the Nigeria Police Force and other security personnel deployed to monitor and enforce compliance of government directives to work within the provisions of the Nigerian constitution and rules of engagement in policing vulnerable groups and communities during this difficult period “.The release highlighted
It (Foundation) appeals to both federal and state governments to ensure adequate financial,human and logistic support in the fight against COVID-19 through adequate resourcing of testing isolating and treatment centres.
It also urged for adequate protection for health and security officials especially those at frontlines and to embark on massive public enlightenment programs to create awareness of the scourge in rural and urban areas as well as instituting palliative measures to cushion the effects of the pandemic and the resultant effects of the lockdown on households.