A Non Governmental Organisation, Global Network for Children, Agriculture and Health ( GLOCAH), has kicked against the Akwa Ibom State government planned hosting of a month long celebration at Christmas Village on Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo.
In press conference held Monday in Uyo, the State capital, the Director General of GLOCAH, Engr Twoweeks Umoh, explained that the advise became necessary as a result of the recent reported cases of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
He stated that the measure has become necessary so as to prevent the current situation regarding the high level of infection in the state from getting out of hand.
“We at Global Network for Children, Agriculture and Health ( GLOCAH), a Non Governmental Organization, wishes to express our concern over the Akwa Ibom State government intentions to host a month long Xmas celebrations at the Xmas Village, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo.
“Just like the previous year, the event will attract thousands of children and adults from within and outside the State.
“However, GLOCAH is aware that it is the intention of the State government to raise revenue from this event, but, it is our belief that the current global pandemic – COVID-19, which is on the rise, does not respect tribe, religion, State or financial standing.
Again, it is a known fact that Akwa Ibom State is reportedly leading Nigerian states in the number of people living with the HIV, poverty and unemployment.
Therefore, exposing our valuable citizens to such a crowded gathering as witnessed last year, will spell disaster, doom and avoidable deaths,” part of the statement read.
The Director General of GLOCAH, Engr Twoweeks Umoh, used the occasion and appealed to the State government to cancel all open gatherings during the festive period to safeguard lives of Akwa Ibom citizens and those who would come to the state during the Yuletide.