As Nigeria keeps recording new cases of Coronavirus Disease on a daily basis, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists has called for palliative measures for women, children and the vulnerable.
The National Secretariat of NAWOJ, however, applauded the proactive response of the Federal and State Governments in containing the spread of the virus.
Of particular note is the efforts of Lagos State Government, which has the highest number of patients, who tested positive, the association said.
The statement said: “While NAWOJ supports the lockdown and restriction of movement of persons as well as other precautionary measures taken by states across the country, the low economic power and high level of poverty among Nigerians especially women calls for concern.
“The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists being the mirror of the society, wonders how the millions of poor Nigerians, who rely on daily paid jobs and petty trading to survive will cope in the event of total lockdown in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
“NAWOJ, therefore, calls on the Federal and state governments to roll out an economic palliative plan to cater for citizens especially in the provision of basic consumables such as food items and other essentials to ease the difficulty they may face for an effective fight against the pandemic.
“The National secretariat specially commends the Lagos State Government for taking the lead by rolling out economic stimulus plan for residents, a feat worthy of emulation by other states.
“However, NAWOJ, appeals for special consideration for women and the vulnerable especially the elderly in delivering these palliatives to citizens.
“This is a trying moment in the nation’s history, which requires collective response of all citizens to get through.
“There is no better time for Nigerian politicians to rally round their electorate than now.
“NAWOJ further appeals to Nigerians especially women and children to be socially responsible by adhering to preventive measures as prescribed by the health authorities.”