ROLE OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 : RELEIF AFRICA INTERNATIONAL ZOOM MEETING.

HIS ROYAL MAJESTY (HRM) KING, LESLIE NYEBUCHI EKE (EZE GBAKA GBAKA).

Traditional Rulers are at the fore-front of the fight against COVID-19 to stop communal spread.

The basic challenges:

  1. Some people still don’t believe that COVID-19 exist, but for me as a Traditional Head, we had to embark on Community sensitization. I oversee over 33 Communities under my care.
  2. There are those coming in Rivers State through the border, they under-cut border check and break into the State.
  3. People think, they are the only one’s suffering; like, Hunger Strike.

These are the challenges we face at Traditional level. We bought Hand-Sanitizers for the people and created fliers in line with Rivers State Government to further sensitize the people, that COVID-19 is real and we must obey Government rules/laws on COVID-19 as well.

CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE DURING THIS PERIOD OF COVID-19:

 SOPHIA SONIME: Women bear most of the pressure. Women are at the receiving end and face lots of pressure on ABUSE. Issues of Domestic Violence, Mental Health issues. Men suffer too, but women suffer more when it comes to abuse.

RECOMMENDATION: Government should do more to protect women’s rights; we need a CALL OF ACTION to protect women and those vulnerable. At all level, Local, State and Federal Government including Stakeholders, should come together to ensure a bit of sanity is in place. We need a MULTI-STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT ROUND-TABLE to Protect Women’s Rights.

SESSION WAS MODERATED AND ANCHORED BY AMB. GREEN RICHARD

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