The National Agricultural Extension Research and Liaison Services (NAERLS) has donated hand wash sanitisers to Rapid Response Team (RRT) of Sabongari Local Government Area of Kaduna State to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Presenting the items to the Council Chairman at NAERLS, Samaru, Zaria, the institute Director, Prof. Mohammed Khalid-Othman said the gesture was part of the institute’s corporate social responsibility.
He said the decision to make the donation was to complement government’s efforts at containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have to work together to see how we can overcome these challenges. The pandemic is taking lives globally, we need to do something together for the good of all of us.
“As an institute, our mandate is to assist farmers on how to increase food productivity towards national food security. This pandemic is really affecting us because you cannot practice farming online.
“You have to plan before the rain set in and you cannot do that with this lockdown and food is necessary for every living soul and as an institute we do not have food to distribute to all,” he said.
According to him, the whole world is working at a speed to address the issue of coronavirus, adding that any one life loss is not a lose to his/her family but a lose to the entire nation.
Khalid-Othman observed the lockdown remained a greatest threat to agriculture, advocating for a way to assist farmers get back to their farmlands.
Receiving the items, the Chairman, Sabongari Local Government, Alhaji Muhammad Usman appreciated NAERLS for the gesture and promised to make judicious use of the donation.
“COVID-19 is already at our door step, it is in line with this that we went round to sanitise bankers in Sabongari on the need to obey the guidelines by health professionals.
“I want to assure you that as long as I remain in my capacity as the chairman, I will ensure that the bond of relationship between the council and NAERLS is strengthened,” he said.
Earlier, Director, Primary Healthcare, Sabongari Local Government, Bishir Idris observed that protection was cheaper and better.
He said the local government had a reported case of COVID-19, adding that the victim had contact with about 30 individuals which was very dangerous to the entire society.