COVID-19: CSDevNet, Unilever take advocacy campaign to communities
May. 23, 2020
By Okeoghene Akubuike
A group, Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet), in collaboration with Unilever, have taken advocacy campaign on COVID-19 to Akpanya and Odolu Communities in Kogi.
Mr Monday Abuh, Advocacy/Stakeholder Engagement Manager, CSDevNet, made this known in a statement in Abuja, on Saturday.
Abuh said Akpanya and Odolu are communities bordering Enugu and Kogi, adding that Kogi had yet to record any COVID-19 case, hence, the need for the interstate border campaign.
He said that items such as handwashing machines, reusable nose masks, hand sanitisers, soaps, and other personal hygiene essentials were distributed.
“CSDevNet, in collaboration with organisations such as WelfareAid Initiatives, Nigerian Civil Society Framework for Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, have been involved in massive campaigns on COVID-19.
“Donation of some handwashing facilities across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria have been made.
“Some of the most recent of such activities held in Anyigba, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi, where the campaign was taken to various public places and palaces of traditional rulers, where the items were donated.
“In a bid to intensify this effort, CSDevNet went into collaboration with Unilever, which has before now made huge donation to both government and non-governmental organisations across the country and beyond.”
Abuh said the traditional rulers, Michael Atuluku of Odolu and Sylvester Onoja of Akpanya, who took delivery of the items on behalf of their communities, appreciated the gesture.
He said the duo called for increased collaboration with the government from corporate organisations and individuals to overcome the disease in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) describes CSDevNet as a coalition of Civil Society Organisations in the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, working on the SDGs.
The CSOs commonly promote and advocate pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change and sustainable development.
CSDevNet unifies and coordinates isolated civil society efforts on climate change advocacy in Nigeria, to ensure that people-centred response mechanisms are accorded desirable attention and relevance. (NAN)
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