COVID-19: Learn, Act and Pray (LAP)

Image result for covid virusAt this point in time, no matter your Political, Ethnic or Religious affiliation, you have to do just three things … Learn, Act and Pray.
 
Let me explain it all in clear terms.
 
A. THE SITUATION
The fight against COVID-19 aka Corona Virus is for all Nigerians, because Nigerians are getting infested every minute and the Government does not have all the resources to fight the virus in a systematic way. Factors at play now, include lack of comprehension by the ruling class, a huge divide orchestrated by Politics, Ethnicity and Religion, limited resources due to falling oil prices in the global market, excessive drain on our foreign reserve due to lack of foresight, inability to procure any loan as this is a global pandemic, inconsistent and invisible Central command, (I don’t even know as much as you do on this one) and Citizens who are standing aloof. Yes, YOU!
 
B. WHO SHOULD BE IN CHARGE?
At this time, it seems it is the National Center for Disease Control NCDC, but I have not seen any commander come out to state that clearly. Looks like most states are coming up with their own command structure and action plan. For us, we want to recognize and channel our efforts through the NCDC.
 
C. WHAT IS THE NCDC DOING?
It started its preparedness and activities since COVID-19 broke on 31st Dec 2019. A technical working group was set up which was inter-ministerial and multi-sectoral. So immediately the first Nigerian case was detected, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated and response activity commenced
 
It proposed 4 scenarios and had a plan for each scenario. It has state epidemiologists in all the states of the federation and has a forum for them. It established public health emergency operations centers in 23 states (out of 36+1, so 14 needed now) and these states are connected with ZOOM Teleconference facilities.
 
Most of the states have isolation centers (mere buildings) without equipment and consumables, so it needs help.
 
NCDC has 5 thematic areas (3) that citizens can plug into. These are:

1. United Nations (UN) roles. Handled entirely by the UN

2. World Health Organization (WHO) roles, handled entirely by WHO

3. Risk Communication: There are so many fake news that it has to debunk and give valid and preventive information. It needs to continually sensitize the populace on what COVID-19 is, what to do to get protected against this deadly disease
4. Real Time Technology: Where all the states will be reporting real time data and other information using Technological tools and data aggregation techniques.
5. Public enlightenment via Print media, Social Media re-broadcasts, TV and Radio jingles. Same message from multiple sources will get the needed traction.
 
D. NCDC SUCCESSES
Because the Virus is new, scientists are just trying to unravel it, there are little information about it and NCDC is trying to characterize it. They have succeeded in sequencing the genome of the index case
 
E. WHAT DOES THE NCDC STILL LACK OR NEED?
1. Mass media communication & information dissemination to all mobile phones concurrently
2. A reporting portal to include tracking, tracing, citizens action points, etc
3. Facilities & Equipment at State level.
4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and protective instruments
5. Training and Training for staff
6. Call Centre staffing and training. Current system inadequate for now
7. Teleconference facilities in 14 states
8. Materials, drugs and supplies (Compilation in progress, I will outline these later)
NCDC has started working on these, and many other more. If you want to help, Please Email chikwe.ihekweazu@ncdc.gov.ng and john.oladejo@ncdc.gov.ng
A very critical need is the ability to send information through mobiles (in different languages) to the people at the bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) on what COVID-19 is, what they need to do to stay out of infection, and which line to call for any suspicion or any query. NCDC is looking service providers to help on this. Socially Responsible Citizens can also do this.
 
E. WHAT ARE WE (MYSELF AND SOME LIKE MINDS) DOING?
1. Staying calm at this
2. Seeing how best to provide good coordination and support to the ongoing efforts to fight the COVID-19 Virus
3. Concentrating intellectual and financial resources within our various communities at this time
4. Being a model for providing private sector-led leadership in times of crises like this.
5. Supporting the Government through coordination with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC)
 
F. WHAT YOU CAN DO …
1. Pray that God will inspire and direct all those working in one way or the other, to make an impact in the fight against the pandemic, in good time.
2. Not to pray alone, please  respect the orders and rules from Government at this point in time, irrespective of your Religious, Ethnic or Political leaning.
3. Join our various efforts as enumerated above, in your own small way.
4. Stay informed, with the following sites and more, as I expand the list
i. https://coronavirusglobal.chat/ – Automated Interactive Conversational Chat
ii. https://www.coronafacts.africa/wip.html – The Big Cabal African Update on the CoronaVirus
iii. https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng – The NCDC COVID-19 update microsite
iv. https://covid19.lagosstate.gov.ng – The Lagos State COVID-19 update microsite
v. https://ushahidi.covid-19.ke/views/map – The Liquid Telecom’s effort to crowd-source COVID-19 data in Africa to assist in the analysis and tracking of people working from home, self isolating and other such things, so that the data can be used to assist in the global response effort. 
 
vi. If you know of any other effort, reach me and I will expand this list.
5. Take the risk assessment test at https://covid19.wellvis.org/  and Call NCDC on 0-800-970-00010 if you need to.
6. If not, continue to practice the Hygiene of Washing your hands regularly, Maintaining Social Distancing, Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, and practice respiratory hygiene.
7. Come back here https://www.sundayfolayan.name.ng/covid-19-learn-act-and-pray/ regularly for updates and comments from my pool of well-informed friends, who only talk on serious issues, and to serious people.
 
G. IF YOU WANT TO DO MORE …  
i. If you have hospital equipment that can be pledged, used or repaired if faulty, log on to Equipment Bank in Nigeria at http://quip.lifebank.ng/
ii. If you have an idle hotel, pledge it via http://hotels.ng for caring for those who want to do self isolation away from their families.
iii. Share this post with your friends and family, so that they can do something too
iv. Donate money to the effort. Details later, when I edit this post and add a functional account number and process here.
 
H. AND THE REAL REVOLUTION …. 
Get our leaders to act! If you are part of Government, and you want to join us ….
i). Get Baba Lai Mohammed to lead the Ministry of Information, NAN, NTA, FRCN, Startimes, NOA and other similar structures to educate the people on the Virus
ii). Create trust for those with symptoms to come forward
iii). Get FEC to commit to treating them at NO COST
iv). Rapidly test the remaining population that has no symptoms, effectively tagging the population
v) Speak it, as it is. We need to rebuild trust across the country
vi). Further test those suspected as infected, with the more precise test kits
vii) Treat citizens at no costs, because COVID will not separate the rich from the poor. Only the living will spend what we accumulate for now.
 
Finally, dear people of Nigeria, irrespective of your ethnic, religious or political affiliation, relax and Pray for the President, Nigeria and the entire world.
This too, like all problems that confront us as a nation shall pass away, and things greater than football will continue to unite us.
 
Sunday Folayan (R.SF)

NIMC + JAMB Courtship wey the Parents?

Some early-morning muses.

On the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) courtship,  I am here trying to connect some dots. What you will call conspiracy theory of the lowest order …

1. JAMB was going to get NIMC to capture and have the candidates just submit NIN so that JAMB can pull the data from NIMC … 2 million odd candidates. Way to go. Kudos.

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Nigeria Air and the ancient scam

Air Nigeria

Image result for nigeria airStill on Nigeria Air …. Let us connect the dots and draw the lines!

I am not saying it is a scam, Nigerians cannot be scammed.
I am not saying it is not a scam, PMB may not be aware.

I am only saying that “what we know about what exists” and “what we do not know about what does not exist”, …. may tend towards the usual and now perfected privatization scam

Remember how we ended up with NITEL, TRANSCORP, GENCOs and DISCOs? We were scammed! Continue reading “Nigeria Air and the ancient scam”

Nigeria Air: Not another Airline, but develop the sector

Nigeria Air

Sadly, we, and government in particular, often conflagrate the establishment of a single firm with the development of a sector.

No doubt Aviation is an important part of the transport mix.

However, it is not a priority in an economy where trunk and feeder roads are impassable, the bulk of the railway system is moribund and waterways not navigable.

Our transport mix must first ensure we can move onions out of Kebbi, Rice out of Badeggi, fruit out on Vandeikya, Yams from Otukpo, Tomatoes from Kano, Palm Oil from Ohambele and so on, this is more useful to the economy than  airlifting relatively elite passengers between cities such as Abuja, Porth Harcourt and Lagos. Aviation is important just not a biting priority for limited government funds. Continue reading “Nigeria Air: Not another Airline, but develop the sector”

Youths, Drugs and drinks in the Sharia states of Nigeria

Image result for nigerian drug addictI raised the issue of drug use by the sharia states two years ago https://web.facebook.com/sfolayan/posts/10153633316529107 precisely March 18, 2016. I wrote:

“Who is looking at the increased uptake of hard drugs in the sharia states of Nigeria? Seems they banished the mild alcohol (except fermented akamu) but don’t seem to give a hoot about narcotics such as skunk. Slowly and silently, those drug-using youths in Kano are dying daily and we are all to blame. How do we help curb this scourge?” Continue reading “Youths, Drugs and drinks in the Sharia states of Nigeria”

Vision, Mission and Values interplay – May God bless Buhari more and more!!

Image result for buhariVision: The ability to dream and come up with an idea that leap frogs the people being led, to give them a better life not later, but soonest. “Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more” — Gen 37:5.

I recommend you read “Challenges for the race of excellence” That was the vision of the ruler of Dubai. https://en.wikipedia.org/…/My_Vision:_Challenges_in_the_Rac…

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Mothers: Guardians praying against all bad dreams

My pilot complained for almost two hours but Air Traffic Control just did not understand the need for me to get back to Lagos ASAP. I had promised madam we will be together today. I maintained my characteristic cool, calm and collected posture.

I would not have come, but the plea by my constituency that the next 2 years will be shaped in Minna was too strong for me to ignore. I know I do not belong, but best to play along.

The log-jam from hilltop was unbearable, and now we stood at lock-down at the Minna airport waiting for “Vice Presidential movement”, or is it “Coordinator Movement”. I just cannot understand what brought me to the town in the first instance. is it by force?

Ever since the gap-tooth genius responded to my “Happy Birthday” message some 25 years ago, we have maintained a decent level of cordiality. I remember when the bride was born, I was already an Aluta member in Unilorin. Is this the trip you can call “a bridge too far?”

Just as I reached to pick up the mobile phone again, I felt my left ear revv up at a high decibel level, just like the left jet of the plane.

It is not the jet …. It is my wife whispering … “Happy Mothers’ day.

It is one of those real bad dreams! I am now fully awake!!

Happy Mothers day to you great women out there. May all your good dreams and those of your children never be cut short in Jesus Name. Amen.

Ebola again reveals The prize of professionalism in Nigeria

ebola-virusThe message was circulated via sms and whatsapp. It read …

“Avoid First Consultants Medical Centre Ltd, Obalende, Lagos, The victim in the first case of Ebola identified in Nigeria has died in the hospital. Do not go near Obalende”.

As I read the message, My mind swung immediately, into unraveling the puzzle. How could the virus have been identified in the patient and by who?

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Introducing Free.lanci.ng

I have been busy cooking …. Allow me introduce to you, the freelancing website created by Nigerians for Nigerians – https://free.lanci.ng

With computers everywhere and a reasonable Internet connectivity, it is now possible for everyone to work comfortably from the comfort of the home, working in diverse areas of interest and taking advantage of the various skills in Nigeria, and the various opportunities on the Internet. Most Nigerians who patronize popular freelancing websites face one or more of the following challenges: Continue reading “Introducing Free.lanci.ng”