Executive Assistance to the Delta State Governor on Youths Development, Hon. Nnamdi Ezechi, has described youths as catalysts for development who can be instrumental to the effective implementation of the lockdown order issued by the Delta State Government to check the spread of Covid-19.
Ezechi in a telephone chat, said that youths as an active segment of the population of the country are a determining factor towards the successful implementation of the lockdown directive.
According to him, Covid-19 has proven not to be respecter of age, religious affiliation or ethnic nationality, and the youths should encourage government to succeed by ensuring lockdown rules and regulations are strictly complied with.
Ezechi said, “This is the time for us to be realistic. Our Governor, as a Medical Doctor and one who is passionate about our welfare as a people, has ordered stay-at-home in the best interest of all.
“Youths are the vehicle for the stay-at-home order to be effective; the youths will be the ones to mount road blocks and implement the stay-at-home order. They are also the ones that will ride Okada, Taxis or and who will likely flout the order; but, this is the time for youths to brace up to the challenge, to adhere strictly to the orders of the government.
“It is in the interest of all of us to sit at home. When we are at home for 14 days, the Coronavirus will not move and those who have been infected will be identified and treated appropriately.
“Covid-19, according to our Governor, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa is not a death sentence; early detection is important and ensuring that the sit-at-home order is obeyed is very crucial to curb its spread.
“It is unfortunate that due to some carelessness the disease has found its way into our state; and, the challenge now is for us to collectively stop its spread.
“I use the word, carelessness, because our governor instituted the lockdown early enough as a proactive administrator, but due to the fact that it was not obeyed rigidly, the case is now in Delta.
“As an individual, I am appealing to the youths in particular to help in stopping the spread of Covid-19. As youths, we can do it if we are determined because it is we, the youths, that engage more in social gathering than adults.
“We should play safe, avoid social gathering, maintain social distancing, wash our hands regularly and adhere to the sit-at-home order and Covid-19 will become a thing of the past without us becoming victims.
“I wish all the youths and all Deltans happy Easter celebration,” he said.