Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A youth group under the aegis of Kogi Youth Peace Advocate(KYPA) has distributed sanitizers and related medical equipment worth N800,000 to commercial motorcycle riders and tricycle operators operating in Lokoja to stem the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
Speaking to journalists in Lokoja on Monday, shortly after the program, the KYPA Director General and founder, Comrade Abdullai Rufai said Coronavirus pandemic is real and all hands must be on the deck to stop its spread in the society.
Rufai who explained that the mission of the group on Sunday and Monday in the streets of Lokoja, was to targeted commercial motorcycle operators, popularly called Okada and Tricycle riders, otherwise called Keke NAPEP because they are potent agents where the global disease could spread.
He stated that a survey in the capital city, Lokoja shows that most Okada and tricycle operators plying the streets in the capital city were not having sanitizers and other anti-Coronavirus agents despite a government directive to that effect, thus endangering the life of their customers.
Comrade Rufai added further that as part of their own efforts to complement the move of the government to stop the spread of coronavirus in the state is to provide sanitizers and other materials to this very vital part of the human sector in the battle against the rampaging global disease.
“Okada and Keke NAPEP operators in any society take care of the middle and lower class in the society, in terms of transport needs. The spread of coronavirus could be very effective if this vital sector is not checked. We saw that lacuna in the sector in the ranging global covid-19 battle, that is why our group moved in to assist to stop the spread of the disease through that sector”, he said.
He pointed out that his group has been on the streets of Lokoja for two days, distributing hands sanitizers to Okada and Keke NAPEP operators in Lokoja, said they will continue the program as soon as more fund is sourced from interest groups.
It would be recalled that KYPA group that draws its membership from three Senatorial districts of the state has been in the forefront in the campaign against cultism, extreme violence and drug abuse, among youth in the society of Kogi.