As the world groan over the Coronavirus pandemic, a Pan African Organisation, Africa Global Development for Positive Change Initiative (Adi-Africa) has called on the United Nations and World Health Organisation (WHO) to redouble effort on the discovery of a cure for the virus.
The international president of the organisation which has branches in seven African countries, Prince Dan Mbachi, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, said the global lockdown had increased poverty and hunger across the continent.
Mbachi said reports from across the African continent showed rising level of hunger and deprivations.
He said lockdown was not the solution to the spread of the virus, but the quick development of vaccines.
“I want to call on the United Nations and World Health Organisation (WHO) to redouble their effort to find out remedy for Coronavirus to enable people go back to work.
“Many people are dying of hunger. Shutting down will not solve the problem,” he said.
Mbachi said Adi-Africa had been reaching out to its members across the African continent and the rest of the world to apply all necessary instructions from the United Nations and their respective governments to keep off from the virus.
Mbachi particularly commended Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for the proactive steps taken so far to combat the spread of the disease to Rivers State.
According to him, the governor must not relent in his effort to check the spread of the disease to the state.
The Adi-African international president also called on the people of Rivers State to give their full supports to Governor Wike.
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NOSDRA Yet To Discover Cause Of Dead Fishes On N’Delta Coastline
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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