By Lawrence Duya, Abuja-Nigeria.
As the vaccination against COVID-19 continues around the world, Afrihealth Optonet Association is to organize a symposium on COVID-19 vaccine Hesitancy on the 2nd of April 2021.
The theme of the symposium is VACCINE HESITANCY IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19 AND OTHER VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES-MYTHS AND REALITIES.
The keynote address is to be delivered by Dr. Fausal Shaibu, Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Abuja, Nigeria. The moderator is Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, Project Director/CEO Coalition for Vaccines, Vitamins, and Immunization for All (CoVIA) and United Nations Representative, Afrihealth Optonet Association (CSOs Network)
According to Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, the
Coalition for Vaccines, Vitamins, and Immunizations for All [CoVIA] Project/
Afrihealth Optonet Association – an NGO (CSOs Network) with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC) in a statement made available to journalists today in Abuja stated that the panelists include: Dr. Dorothy Umoh, COVID-19 front line nurse, Matrix Medical Network, USA; Engr. Wilcox Onyemekeihia, Secretary of Programmers to the SSA on Youth Affairs, Cross River State, Nigeria; Prof. Bernard Seytre, Adviser on COVID-19 communication for the West African Health Organization (WAHO).
He disclosed that the meeting is via Zoom and the time is 1.00 pm West African Time.
Afrihealth Optonet Association is a community-focused civil society organization (CSO) network/think-tank of about 1000 CSOs with interests in the promotion of health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and achievement/realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in the global South. AFRIHEALTH Network and its members are involved in Health (universal Health Coverage, HIV/AIDS, TB, FP/RH, and Malaria-prevention, treatment, impact, mitigation, care, and support); Vaccination/Immunisations; preventing/Controlling poverty-related Diseases; Nutrition and Food Security; Energy and Environment; and Empowerment, Gender/Women Empowerment, Good Governance, and Human Rights.
AFRIHEALTH which was incorporated in Nigeria as a not-for-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan registered trustees in 2003, uses partnerships/Collaboration (PPP); Advocacy and Mobilisation; Research/Evidence-Generation (reviews, assessment, oversight, conferences, symposia, seminars); Capacity Development/Training and Organisational strengthening; Outreaches/Community Interactions; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) -called PARCOM strategy to achieve its objectives while focusing on rural and poor urban communities, marginalised, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations especially women , children, adolescent and elderly; and exploring the nexus/interlinkages between Health, Energy and Environment – including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems; Nutrition and Food Security, and Gender, Good Governance/Democracy, and Human Rights.
Its target beneficiaries include the poorest of the poorest, children/infants and orphans, women, youths/adolescents, vulnerable population/groups, and the elderly in rural and urban/suburban communities.
Afrihealth Optonet Association has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC.
By Lawrence Duya, Abuja-Nigeria
The National Chairman of Africa Democratic Congress, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, has once again, drawn Buhari out of his shell on the dwindling of democratic norms after 22 years of the introduction of democracy into the Nigerian political space.
Chief Nwosu made this known through a press release where he pointed out that true democracy represents freedom, liberty, social equality, equal rights and an egalitarian society that guarantees free will.
He lamented that it is hypocritic to give a public holiday on June 12 and deny the people the right to express themselves. Such action waters down the ethos and principles on which democracy inbuilt on according to the National Chairman.
Chief Nwosu charged the APC-led government to stop the suppression of citizens’ voices and listen to the people.
“When you have an authoritarian regime that doesn’t respect ethics and values, rule of law, or International Protocols of citizens, you have a society that is docile and doesn’t recognize innovation and creativity. If you have a society where everyone is allowed to express his/her feelings, the creativity in people will come alive” he said.
The National Chairman gave the position of ADC as, “however, for us in ADC in this period, we have seen that the government in Nigeria has become so unresponsive to various issues concerning the welfare and the critical issues of nation-building and we have decided that there is no need to complain. We have taken it to God in prayer and told the citizens to continue to hold the government accountable because they must not count it as a privilege when the government finally decides it is convenient to speak to them.
“Come 2023, the African Democratic Congress, ADC, will create Freedom Square in every State. The Freedom Square will be built in all the States for the citizenry to go and express themselves 24/7, all year round. People will be able to go to the Freedom Square to show their grievances.”
Chief Nwosu further said, “we do not expect any miracle from this administration. Things get worse, unfortunately, as Buhari and APC enter lame ducks mode: abnormality has become normal, people don’t have jobs and they can not complain. Families are hungry and they can not complain. The country is burning and presently on a cliff due to insurgency and insecurity from Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram, Unknown Gunmen, Bandits, and so on, yet the people can not complain.”
He called on APC to give the people space to breathe and admonished Nigerians to come together and vote out all the corrupt and oppressive people from government in the forthcoming general elections.