The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) has warned Nigerians to discountenance insinuations in some quarters that the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country, especially at community level, was a fraud, saying the disease is real and dangerous.
The association, at the weekend, also decried neglect of the health sector by both federal and state governments, saying the effect of the virus was a call for authorities to provide critical infrastructure to facilitate healthcare delivery.
NAS, also known as Pyrates Confraternity, in its COVID-19 intervention, yesterday, held a public sensitisation campaign across the globe, with the aim of sensitising Nigerians on COVID-19 challenges, mitigation and management.
Speaking at the event, the Zuma chapter President of NAS, Anderson Kolawole Oseh, explained that the association took up the responsibility, as one of its cardinal objectives of comradeship, which he said engenders the strong, the privileged and the informed to protect and enlighten the weak and uninformed.
“In line with this objective, the association and its 59 chapters across the globe, has undertaken this campaign today (yesterday),” he said.
Oseh also decried rising deaths in Nigeria, the psychological trauma suffered by families of deceased and the negative socio-economic impact nations have suffered.
Condemning negative propaganda that COVID-19 is a fraud and myth, he said: “COVID-19 is very real and community transmission is very rife among citizens. We must at all times follow and obey all safety protocols for our collective safety and wellbeing.”
Also speaking, the President of Rockies Deck (Canada Chapter), Mr. Ogom Ugorji denounced the country’s negligence of health infrastructure.
He called for accountability from federal and the 36 state governments, as well as a total re-engineering of the nation’s health sector.
Ugorji called for immediate response of all government organs in tackling COVID-19.
President of Aurora Flotilla Deck (Kaduna chapter), Ogunbo Olakunle, condemned some law enforcement agents’ actions in what he described as high handedness in the enforcement of government directives.
The President of Pentagun Deck (Maryland USA Chapter), Mr. Dayo Popoola, while praising government’s palliative intervention, also called for equitable distribution of materials.