The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN) has joined the advocacy group of Cross River State Government to sensitize the public, especially the Muslim women on “No Mask No Movement” order of Governor Ben Ayade to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The Federal Government had directed total lockedown of Lagos and Ogun State in the south west and Abuja,the Federal Capital Territory as a result of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which has disrupted the day-to-day lives of people all over the world.
Speaking during the sensitization programme organised at Nasarawa Bakoko and Bogobiri areas,Cross River Secretary of FOMWAN, Hajia Lateefah Yahaya-Idinye said the advocacy becomes necessary following the information circulated by the Department of Muslim Affairs, Governor’s Office on the need to educate Muslim women.
Lateefah said a critical part of prevention and preparedness is sensitising communities to ensure that there is social behavioural change in hygiene practices, social distancing and people can distinguish between fact and fiction on the COVID-19, which she said the Muslim women in Cross River need to understand.
“We are are on lockdown and encouraging people around this environment, especially the Muslim women to stay at home, Use Nose mask if they must go out or self-isolate to contain te virus from spreading into the state if they have travelled out of the Cross River in the last two weeks.
We want to use this medium to identify with His Excellency the Governor of Cross River State,Most especially the First Lady,Dr Mrs Linda Ayade for taking the fight against Covid-19 personally as it concern Women.
“We also commended the department of Muslim Affairs under Alh. Tanimu Hassan and the Chairman of the Taskforce Response Team, who is also the Commissioner for Health,Dr Betta Edu for giving the Muslim Community a face within the Government of Cross River State.
“This advocacy for women will move down to other parts of Cross River State where most of them lives”said Hajia Lateefah.
Others who spoke at the Advocacy programme are the state Public Relations of FOMWAN,Hajia Hauwa Ibrahim and the financial Secretary Jameelah Abdullahi explained that the overall objective of the meeting was to discuss and educate the efficacy on facts about COVID-19.
“We are using local vanacular as an effective ways of disseminating COVID-19 prevention messages to the Hausa Fulani Communities who are majority in the state” The Group said.
The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) is a civil society umbrella body for Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria to among other things improve the physical and emotional well being of women through health programs, establishment of hospitals, clinics and counselling centers.
The group was established and registered in 1985 with Headquarters in Abuja and chapters in 36 States including Cross River and the Federal Capital Territory.
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