By Jamila Musa, Abuja.
There was an urgent need for partnership like never envisaged before on the covic-19 pandemic in Abuja, the FCT.This was a very important but neccessary strategy conceptualised and deployed by the minister of the territtory, Mallam Musa Bello Mohammed to help reduce the spread of the virus and also in the provision of the emergent infrastructural projects to tackle the malaise of the corona virus.
The minister in his usual masterstroke manner realized that there was an urgent need to device a new sensitisation and awareness strategy to combat this deadly pandemic and the only way to go to urgently succeed in the implementation of this goal is through partnership with the private sector and the national orientation agency.
The minister in his quest to succeed in this daunting but achievable tasks set up a ministerial advisory committee led by Dr.Aliyu Moddibbo Umar to wape a successful campaign against the virus with the provision and deployments of adequate bed spaces,palliatives,medical supplies,equipment and personnels.
Due to the fact that many of of the Abuja residents were living in denial at the initial period of the pandemic,the task before the minister became daunting and in his usual character of showing leadership through partnership,the minister deployed a strategy of defeating the spread of the virus through partnership with the private sector and communication.This strategy paid up with the interest shown by the private sector in the territtory to join forces with the FCT authorities to wage a common war to defeat the pandemic.
The minister,s call for partnership worked with the coming together of the Abuja private sector as a group to partner the government by combinning forces to create awareness in the territtory,supporting health care proffessionals,institutions and the government through the mobilisation of funds to build capacity for our hospitals.
As a beginning of the success of this partnership.the private sector through collaboration built a well equiped medical tents for the treatment,testing,isolation of patients.This medical tents also served s training centres for medical personels who after successful trainings are retained to serve as testing proffessionals in newly established tents.
The private sector partnership with the government of Abuja has improved and supported the mobilisation of funds to the covic-19 awareness and sensitisation programme of the minister..This is through the mobisation of funds across industries for the provision of technica and operational support while providing funding and building advocacy through aggressive awareness drives.
The private partners through the efforts of the minister have now after initial scepticism acknowledges through this collaboration with government,that covic-19 endangers all of our collective health both social,economic and psychological and it is important that we all put our hands together to fight this collective enemy.
The battle ahead the partnership acknowledges is daunting and bigger than any one of the interest which any of our one organisation.It became therefore imperative for both the abuja authorities and its private partners to come together as one.
Most of the physical projects under construction by this partnership initially were buiilt for imminent needs.They have also helped in supplementing governments testing with private labs so that the waiting period will be defeated by the patients.
The collaborate efforts between the Abuja authorities and the private sectors has really worked as it has evidently made the fight against the covid-19 epidemic very successful.This has further enhanced the position of the FCT minister that government alone cannot completely go it alone in the fight against this deadly virus.There is now that belief in the territtory that when governments see the private sector as partners in progress,the better for us all.
The minister of the territory, Mallam Bello Mohammed must be commended by all for this altruistic measures and deliberate agenda of bringing the collaboration between the FCT and the private sector to life.This action of us has enhanced the narrative that when the government accord the private sector the recognition that they are brothers in progress,the better for the society.Today,we are proud that our minister has managed the pandemic well,to the glory of God and humanity.
Jamila Musa, Abuja.