The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) on Saturday expressed worry over non-compliance with physical distancing at Gandhi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) Camp, Rabbah Local Government Area, Sokoto State.
Mr Nebanat Xhyongo, ICON’s Country Correspondent, made the observation when he led other officials of the committee to sensitise the IDP’s on protective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic in Sokoto.
According to Xhyongo, the camp is very rowdy and difficult for the IDP’s living, most especially at the current period when people need to observe physical distancing.
“This is to avoid much contacts that can lead to the spread of the COVID-19 among our people.
“However, humanitarian assistance should be very key to the IDP’s at this difficult time, to ensure their lives are well-protected,’’ he said.
Xhyongo noted that the team would take all necessary assessments and make a report within a short period, for the committee to return with a full assistance, to improve the lives of the IDP’s.
According to him, the IDP’s should be very careful, observe proper hygiene and should know that COVID-19 is real.
The Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on the State Emergency and Disaster Management Agency, Alhaji Zubairu Albadau, thanked ICON for the gesture.
Albadau was represented on the occasion by Malam Mustapha Umar, Director of Disaster Management of the agency.
He appealed to all other stakeholders, individuals and organisations to continue to support the government’s efforts toward ensuring a better condition for the vulnerable in the state.
Some of the affected community leaders, who spoke at the event, called for more assistance.
They said that there were difficulties in accessing food, clothing and other daily needs, as they had lost all their farms and animals.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the high point of the event was the distribution of face masks and hand sanitisers to the people by ICON.
NAN also reports that ICON is a consortium of Nigerians and other nationalities who have combined efforts to engage the Washington D.C. policy arena.
They include experts in dialogue, policy framing, international development and consulting and DC/Hill special asks.
ICON has interfaced with U.S. State Department, Heritage Foundation, Council of Foreign Relation, Hudson Institute and The Brookings Institution among other international bodies. (NAN)