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Covid-19 pandemic: NOA boss task Nigerian youths on safety protocols

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By Ibeneme Ebelechukwu, Abuja.

Youths across the country have been enjoined to take their health seriously by adhering to all safety protocols and guidelines set by government to tackle the covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The Director-General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari made this call in Abuja in his welcome address to declare open A-One day Youth Summit aimed at providing a veritable platform for youth engagement on key national issues.

According to Abari, recent statistics have shown that the youths are susceptible to covid-19 infections and death.

“You must therefore denounce the beliefs that only elderly persons are mostly at fatal risk.

“We are currently experiencing the second wave of the virus, we must therefore continue to take responsibility for the protection of all.

He also called on them to join hands with government in educating their various communities and wards on the need to accept the life saving vaccines against covid-19 when it is eventually introduced in the country.

He however pledged the agency’s continuous support in ensuring that issues that affect the Nigerian youths are kept at the front burner of national discourse in a bid to get them solved by government.

“Also, our message to youths at this occasion include to eschew social vices such as  thuggery, cybercrime, cultism, drug abuse, armed robbery, sexual and gender based violence and other criminalities”. You must also embrace dialogue and peace as well as imbibe the national core values among others.

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